Mothers Are Angels

Dear Sons and Daughters,

Erma Bombeck was a  prophet who spoke wisdom into my childhood. My mother would comb the newspaper to find her column. Mom would then summons my father and brothers to pause what they were doing, and listen to her read the words of Erma! One of the topics Bombeck covered well was the authority of Mothers. As Mother’s Day weekend nears I recall some of those teachings.

“Some day when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I will tell them ‘I loved you enough to bug you about where you were going, with whom, and what time you would get home. I loved you enough to insist that you buy a bike with your own money. I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your friend was a creep. I loved you enough to make you return the Milky Way with a bite out of it to the drug store and say “ I stole this.” But, most of all, I loved you enough to say “No” when you hated me for it, and that was the hardest part of all.”

Even as adults today, we find that our mothers' character still shapes us. Our mother may be half a continent away or in heaven, but she still speaks to us, doesn’t she? She occupies a front row seat on your conscience. In fact, you may be reading this devotional from God’s Grace Community Church because you hear your mother’s voice. Simply having a mother makes an imprint on us. Physically, our belly button reminds us that we once drew physical life from our mother. Someone had to change our diapers, giving us our first hint of God’s grace.

Where motherhood represents brokenness, may God's mercy abound. May the maternal power of God set healing in motion. Where motherhood represents the blessing of life in all it's fullness, let us say “THANKS BE TO GOD!”

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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