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Rev. Gilbert

& Melba Davila







Celebrating Godly Mothers in May

When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him… the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand. -1 Kings 2:19 (NIV)

King Solomon was rich, powerful, wise beyond his years, and the son of a legendary King and an infamous mother. We know very little of Solomon’s childhood, but it is clear that Bathsheba was important in the life of the young prince. We know his wisdom came from God, but his heart was likely nurtured by his mother as we find a tender, loving husband in The Song of Solomon. Soon after he became king, Solomon would honor his mother, treat her with respect, and show her (and all the kingdom) that she was much loved. She would have a royal throne by his side and an indelible place in his heart. May we so honor godly mothers!

The work, the trials, the heartbreak and the joy of motherhood is not unknown to our God. He created woman and knows every facet of our being: the soft spots and steel, fierceness and fears. We are so grateful that He gave us the capacity to be caregivers, servants, workers, friends, providers, partners and mothers. So many mothers are revered and remembered in Bible including Hannah, the mother who, gave her child into God’s service. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the LORD.  I asked the LORD to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.  Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life.” (1 Samuel 1:26-28) Hannah gave her long-awaited, only child to the Lord - not figuratively, but literally. It must have been a day of intense emotion when she took her little boy to the temple and then walked away without him in her arms. Her sacrifice gave the world one of the greatest prophets of Biblical history, Samuel. Her selfless gift to God was blessed and so was she, as the Lord then gave her five more children. We praise our God for mothers, who teach us the meaning of sacrifice and unconditional love.

Even mothers-in-law, hold special honor. Naomi must have been a remarkable mother-in-law to Ruth, who spoke the well-remembered words, “Don’t ask me to leave you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” (Ruth 1:16) Naomi must have raised wonderful boys that became loving husbands to gentile young women.  In the ten years Naomi spent with her daughters-in-law, their home must have been filled with loving inclusiveness, comfort in grief, and living her faith. We don’t know the family Ruth came from, but we know the mother she chose when the going got rough. A mother is more than one that gives birth - she is one that often gives all that she has, more than she should, notices needs and is clothed in compassion.

Jesus, Himself, demonstrated how great the bond of a mother’s love. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother…When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  Then he saith to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” (John 19:25-27) Of the few words Jesus spoke from the cross, He remembered His mother and ensured that she would be cared for. While He carried the weight of the world on His shoulders and showed His love for all mankind, there was still a special love for one individual woman – His mom. God intended for there to be a special bond between a mother and her children. We honor God’s creation and the special place they hold in our hearts.

June 20-23, 2017 – Church of God Convention in Wichita Kansas

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