A Mother's Task!
2 Timothy 1:1-7 (Proverbs 31:10, 27-31)
This is a special day.
Anytime we honor our mothers is special.
Mothers tend to be taken for granted except on the second Sunday in May.
And that is not very appropriate considering the contributions they make to our lives.
It is said that by the time a youngster reaches age 18, the mother has had to handle
some 18,000 hours of child-generated housework -- work that would not have been necessary
had there been no child.
Being a mother is a difficult job.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Men are what their mothers make them."
An old Spanish proverb has it that, "An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priest."
"They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea;
He wields a mighty scepter
On lower powers than he.
But mightier power and stronger
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world."
There are some Scripture passages of mothers that we should acknowledge.
There is Jochobed, who loved her son, Moses, so much that she broke the law to keep him safe
and to teach him the faith of his people.
There is the mother who appeared before King Solomon who loved her child so much
that she was willing to give him up forever rather than see any harm come to him.
There was the mother of James and John who loved her boys so much that she wanted
them to sit by the Lord's side, one on the right and one on the left, in the heavenly kingdom.
Our Scripture this morning is from Paul as he addressed Timothy.
"I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois
and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you."
We do not know a great deal about those women, but they were really