Speaking the Truth in Love

Happy Mother’s Dayl

In the passage on “the worthy woman,” it is noted, “Her children rise up and bless her” (Proverbs 31:28a). The King James Version expresses the thought this way-: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.” Mothers are special. In a Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown said, “Everyone needs someone to love them, trust them., care for them, support them, laugh and cry with them.” Lucy responded, “That’s a lot of people.” Then Snoopy added, “Or one wonderful- mother.” M_ost of us could rise up and call o-ur mothers blessed. In Luke 1 we are encouraged to call someone else’s mother blessed. In verse 42 Elizabeth said to a mother-to-be-: “Blessed are yo_u among women.” In verse 48 the woman addressed replied, “For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.” The passage speaks of Mary, the mother of Jesus. All mothers are blessed, but Mary was especially blessed. Of al\ the Jewish women livin.g at that time, God chose her to be the mother of His Son. Consider just a few of the many reasons what made Mary so special: • She was a godly woman (Luke 1:30). • She believed in God-and His power (Luke 1:31-33). • She had a humble spirit (Luke 1:38, 48). • She was submissive to the will of God (Luke 1:38). • She knew the Scriptures (Luke 1:46-49). • She was brave and courageous (Luke 2:25_35). • S~e was willing to acc~pt responsibility (Luke 2:41-51). She expressed confidence in her son (John 2·3-5) • She was faithful to her task to the end (J h T I • • o n 19:25-27) o a I our mothers, thank you for your love de t· example , , encouragement and unending selfl h”I vo 10n, • essness. May all our c • dren rise up and call you blessed! , Monticello church of Christ Monticello, AR

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