Pator's Pen May 2012
May thirteenth is Mother’s Day this year and I have been in somewhat of a quandary these last few days. What do you give a mother who has everything she has ever needed?
She wouldn’t need to use a new toaster or mixer or other kitchen appliance. A pair of slippers would be nice but she doesn’t need them. Any jewellery that I could get here would pale in comparison to what she has. The freshest flowers in most beautiful arrangement would look dead and dry among the gardens that Mom can enjoy. She won’t be able to receive a gift flowers if I send them this year. You see Mom went home to be with the Lord just a little over three months ago.
So how would a person go about honouring their mother who is not present or reachable? As always, God gives the answer to every question in His Faithful Word.
The second half of Proverbs eight verse one and Proverbs six verse twenty say, “forsake not the law of thy mother:” Proverbs thirty-one are those very practical laws of life that a mother in Israel taught her son who was to be the king. If Lemuel is King Solomon (and he probably is) we know that God blessed him and all of Israel as long as he followed those laws. But when he was lifted up with pride and followed his own ways he received the consequences of his disobedience.
God is very serious about how we honour our parents and gives dire consequences for rebellion and disobedience throughout His Holy Bible. Proverbs thirty and verse seventeen paints a very graphic picture of those consequences of disobedience. I don’t have room here to do a complete study of the subject. You should study it for yourself because you are the only one that can honour your mother as God commands.