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Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)
TITLE: A Mother's Job Description
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A (Christian) mother’s work is never done, or so the story goes. The truth is, his birth is the fulfillment of her heart’s desire and the beginning of a great, if intense, adventure.
When a child is small, he has many immediate needs and demands continuous supervision. Her adoring eye never strays far from her darling, and she prays for him without ceasing, believing God will use him in a mighty way.
During the early years, mother is a constant presence, envisioning his future, watching over him, making sure he is warm, dry, fed and safe. She models unconditional love and helps him learn to trust. She speaks life to him, and begins to teach him about Jesus.
As he grows, her job description gradually changes, and she can trust him with a bit more freedom, allowing him to make simple decisions, knowing she has already equipped him for each task. If she is wise, she teaches him about God’s wonderful plan for his life and helps him visualize the joy of a heart totally yielded to His service.
Soon he’s in school, and mother entrusts him to educators to train his young and curious mind, but she is still there to encourage, cheering him on at each stage of growth, helping with homework and developing in him self-discipline as well a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
At every age, a mother’s love is the foundational base from which her child exits, always to return for another dose of TLC and the encouragement that only she can give.
Then comes the day he leaves the nest, and supposedly her work is done. Because she’s done it so very well, she has essentially worked herself out of a job, or at least that’s what we’re told.
And yet, I would suggest that her invaluable work has only just begun.
Her son, now out in the world, needs her prayer and support more than ever, even if it is silent and from a greater distance. As he begins a career, marries and eventually starts a family of his own, a mother dares not flinch from the essential work of prayer. Though the enemy would walk to and fro, seeking to destroy, the strong hedge of protection erected by a mother’s prayers will never be breached, from generation to generation and even down through the ages. For scripture promises that the seeds of prayer she plants today will bear eternal fruit.
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