Happy Mother’s Day 2016!

mothers-day-crown-300x203God Himself calls us to “honor your…mother,” and we are more than happy to honor those who have born children this Lord’s Day! Take a look at the articles below. For those moms who have tasted loss, consider the poem “With Hands She Tasted Loss.” And all of us – men and women, of all ages – should remember the wisdom of Proverbs: “Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed.” Finally, don’t forget to check previous articles we have for mothers and our ladies. Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day from Zion!

With Hands She Tasted Loss

large_with-hands-she-could-not-see-rdgl6ayaWe know that Mary was more blest
Than any mother — gave her breast
To give him life who gave her breath
And with his life chose, freely, death.

We know what Mary pondered when
She saw him, unlike other men,
Without a single flaw. “I am
The mother of a spotless Lamb.”

The words of Simeon were etched
Deep in her soul, nor could be stretched
To lose their sting, as if the sword
He prophesied did not accord

With her worst dreams. “This child is set
To heal and wound the world. And yet,
Not he alone, but you the toll
Must pay. A sword will pierce your soul.”
Continue reading “With Hands” at Desiring God

Her Children Arise And Call Her Blessed

large_her-children-arise-and-call-her-blessedMother’s Day is a sweet opportunity for Christians to celebrate one of God’s most significant means of his common and redeeming grace.

For most, there’s some bitter flavor somewhere. We live in a fallen world. All mothers are sinful — even Jesus’s own mother knew well her need for a Savior (Luke 1:47) and for God’s mercy (Luke 1:50). Whether your own mother monumentally failed you, or you’re a mother who’s all too aware of how you’ve failed your children, there is goodness and grace to acknowledge and appreciate in almost every situation, even when deeply tarnished by sin.

But for many of us, our hearts soar in thanksgiving when God brings to mind our mothers and grandmothers, or our wife, the mother of our children. Among those of us raised in believing homes — in which our parents were faithful in teaching and modeling the faith — we may enjoy, all the more, the priceless privilege of fulfilling Proverbs 31:28 on Mother’s Day: “Her children rise up and call her blessed.”
Continue reading “Her Children Arise” at Desiring God

Don’t forget to browse the Zion archives for mothers and all our articles for ladies!

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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