Romans 13:7 “…give Honor to whom honor is due.”
This month we honor our mothers and those who have died in our nation’s military service, and sadly sometimes they are one and the same, like Spc. Katrina L. Bell-Smith, a devout Christian, wife and mother, who was killed in Iraq during her second tour of duty there.
Mothers have always been considered to be special. In Genesis 3:20 we read, “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Unfortunately, the feminist movement in this country has set out to denigrate women when it comes to being a wife and mother, but as Christians, we can rightfully justify the observance of a Mother’s Day on the grounds that the Bible is so full of admonitions regarding motherhood. Godly mothers exert great influence as they endeavor to bring up their children in the fear of the Lord, thereby making a wholesome and substantial contribution to human society, the church and God’s Kingdom.
I believe God created women to be the primary molders of the souls of children, and spiritual construction superintendents of them and the family. Mothers can teach us so many things: perseverance (that Spanish is good for you); cleanliness (you really need to pick up those dirty clothes, they’ve been there for two months), and of course life (for the last time, take the trash out or no more borrowing the car.) And of course, they teach us about loving compassion by creating an environment that is a joy for the father and the children to come home to.
Florence Nightingale felt called by God to some unnamed great cause and played a key role in the 1800’s founding the modern nursing profession. Eliza Shirley, wanting to serve God, hung her first posters on an old derelict furniture factory in Philadelphia; “The Salvation Factory” was open for business. Hence, the Salvation Army began in America on October 5th, 1879.
On Memorial Day we honor (Romans 13 – to consider valuable, esteem in the highest degree), and remember the ultimate sacrifices of all those who have paid the highest price so the rest of us can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Our cemeteries are full of those brave men and women. No matter what role you fulfilled as a change-agent for good, mother and/or soldier, know this – you are not forgotten! Past, present and future, each of you are valuable and precious in our sight. Thank you for being our pioneers, guardian angels, mentors and heroes. Your duty to family and country stand as a visible, tangible expression of the Savior’s love.
Meet the Author
Alan Bullock has a BA in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, and an earned Doctor of Theology. In addition, Alan is a Certified Pastor Counselor, a member of The International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals (IACCP), and also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).