For those of you who no longer have your mother on this Earth, for those
who have unhealthy relationships with parents - and those unable to have
children, I am praying. For all who are mothers, I hope you are having a
nice Mother's Day. In honor of the occasion, we present this "replay" from
Samuel 1:26-28 (Hannah) She said, "Oh, my lord! As your
soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to
the LORD. For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which
I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives
he is dedicated to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.
Luke 1:30-38 (Mary, Christ's human mother) The angel said
to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold,
you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord
God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over
the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." Mary said
to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel answered
and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be
called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also
conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her
sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God." And Mary said, "Behold,
the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word."
And the angel departed from her.
2 Timothy 1:5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within
you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and
I am sure that it is in you as well.
Proverbs 31:1-3 The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which
his mother taught him:
What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
"Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
Ruth 1: 8-13 (Naomi, mother-in-law of Orpah and Ruth)
And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her
mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with
the dead and with me. May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in
the house of her husband. Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their
voices and wept. And they said to her, "No, but we will surely return with
you to your people." But Naomi said, "Return, my daughters. Why should you
go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Return,
my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope,
if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons, would you therefore
wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No,
my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the LORD
has gone forth against me."