Mom. The very word conjures up all sorts of feelings in our hearts. It can comfort the most lonely and convict the most hardened. We could all recount stories of how we have been loved and lead by our moms, and when all of the stories had been told, they wouldn’t have told the half of it.
As one poet put it: “No painter’s brush, nor poet’s pen, in justice to her fame, has ever reached high enough to write a mother’s name.”
Dad may be the head of the home and the children may be the hub of the home, but there’s no doubt about it – Mom is the heart of the home.
This coming Sunday morning at Temple will be a very special day for all mother’s and children (no matter how young or old). This will be a day to remember those who have raised us and loved us and sacrificed so much for us. It will be a time of celebration and commemoration of that most precious of people – Mom. That’s why I’m going to be preaching a message taken from Proverbs 31 that I have entitled, “Mom: The Heart of a Heavenly Home.” In this message I will be going through and sharing about the riches of a mother’s worth. I’ll go into great detail about the record of a mother’s work. Then, to conclude the message, I’ll be sharing about the reward of a mother’s walk. I hope that you’ll make every effort to be there and to bring as many friends and family members as possible.
This is also the Sunday that we set aside for our “Parent/Child Dedication.” This is a time where the parents bring their children before the church and even the Lord Himself, and pledge to live a dedicated, consistent, committed Christian life before their children so that their children will come to know Jesus at an early age. Many have misunderstood what this time is all about. It is not a baby show. It is not a confirmation. It is not some ceremony that has anything to do with the child. It is primarily, and in all actually, only for the parents and the church congregation as a whole. It is an agreement before God that we as parents, working together with the church family, are going to live our lives before our children in such a way as to show Jesus in all that we do the precious gifts that we’ve been entrusted with. It is going to be a very special time and I want to encourage you to make plans to be a part of this important time together.
Let me also say that I know from personal experience that for many women, and even some men, Mother’s Day is a very hard day indeed. Some have lost children, and others have yet to have any. For those who have lost children, our hearts and prayers are with you. For those who have yet to have any children, let me say a personal word to you. Kim and I know how you feel. We have been where you are, and we love you and are praying God’s special grace and peace in your life. I know that there really isn’t anything that can be said that will fill the hurt in your heart, but I do know this – God does love you and He does have a very special plan for your life. Finally, for those who have children, please take a moment to pray for those who hurt on this day and try to be understanding as well. There are those wonderful women who never had any children of their own, but who have loved our children and ministered to our families and have been a “mom” to so many children over the years. They, too, are blessed.
I look forward to worshiping with you and your family this Sunday morning. It really is going to be a great day to be together with family.