Mother's Day 2009
2 TIMOTHY 1:1-7
By Randy A. Rathman, Pastor
Harvest Church of the Nazarene
observes, “If there is one attitude families
are guilty of more than any other when it
comes to mothers, it’s presumption…taking
them for granted…being nearly blind on
occasion to the load moms carry.” On this
Mother’s Day Sunday I want us to not only
focus on and honor our mothers but to make a
commitment to honor them for the next 365
days with the attitude of appreciation they
I want to share a poem by Fred Kruse titled:
What is a Mother?
Somewhere between the youthful energy of a
teenager and the golden years of a woman’s
life, there lives a marvelous and loving
person know as “Mother.”
A mother is a
curious mixture of patience, kindness,
understanding, discipline, industriousness,
purity and love.
A mother can be
at one and the same time, both “lovelorn
counselor” to a heartsick daughter, and
“head football coach” to an athletic son.
A mother can sew
the tiniest stitch in the material for that
dainty prom dress and she is equally
experienced in threading through the
heaviest traffic with a station wagon.
A mother is the
only creature on earth who can cry when
she’s happy, laugh when she’s heartbroken,
and work when she’s feeling ill.
A mother is as
gentle as a lamb and as strong as a giant.
Only a mother can appear so weak and
helpless an yet be the same one who puts the
fruit jar cover on so tightly even dad can’t
get it off.
A mother is a
picture of helplessness when dad is near,
and a marvel of resourcefulness when she’s
A mother has the
angelic voice of a member in the celestial
choir as she sings Brahms lullaby to a babe
held tight in her arms; yet this same voice
can dwarf the sound of an amplifier when she
calls her boys in for supper.
A mother has the
fascinating ability to be almost everywhere
at once and she alone can somehow squeeze an
enormous amount of living into an average
A mother is
“old-fashioned” to her teenager; just “mom”
to her third-grader; and simply “Mama” to
little two-year old sister.
But there is no greater thrill in life, than
to point to that wonderful woman and be able
to say to all the world, “That’s my mother!”
We should all recognize motherhood as a
great privilege which should bring joy and
fulfillment, but let us also recognize the
awesome responsibility it carries. Our
mother has had a unique influence on us
because for the first five years of our
lives we spent more time with her than
anyone else. For most of us our mother’s
love, nurture and attention were a critical
influence in the forming of our self-worth,
social foundation and spiritual inclination
during our pre-school years.
We could look at many examples from
Scripture. There would never have been an
Isaac without a Sarah, a Moses without a
Jochebed, a Samuel without a Hannah, a John
without an Elizabeth, a John Mark without a
Mary or a Timothy without a Eunice.
Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy,
“I have been reminded of your sincere faith,
which first lived in your grandmother Lois
and in your mother Eunice and I am
persuaded, now lives in you also” (2 Tim.
Over in the 16th chapter of Acts we are told
that Timothy was a native of Lystra, today
part of Turkey. His father was Greek and his
mother a Jewish Christian. Timothy was one
of Paul’s most trusted assistants
accompanying the great evangelist through
much of his missionary effort including
Paul’s first imprisonment. What qualified
this young man for special service? I want
to suggest it was his early childhood
training by a Godly mother and grandmother.
Paul recognized the sincere faith of a Godly
mother and grandmother which had been passed
on to Timothy.
I want us to recognize the awesome
responsibility we have as parents and
grandparents. This is Mother’s Day and I
don’t want to take anything away from our
mothers but I want us to consider the
potential influence we all can have not only
as mothers and dads but as a church family
on the next generation.
I read what was apparently a true story
about two men playing cards in a gambling
den in the Orient. They were Godless men,
swearing and cursing as they gambled. One
began to whistle. The other looked up
surprised, “Say friend, do you know what
you’re whistling?” “No,” answered the other,
“I did it without thinking.”
“Well,” said the
first, “you were whistling a hymn, a
Christian hymn-‘One sweetly solemn thought
comes to me o’er and o’er; I’m nearer home
today than I have been before.’ Where did
you pick it up? I didn’t realize you knew
anything about church hymns.”
The other man
lay down his cards and said, “Oh, yes, I
know lots about church hymns. I was not
always what I am now. I used to go to church
and Sunday School. And I used to know many
texts out of the Bible too. My mother, sir,
was one of the finest Christian women that
said the first man, “that is interesting! I
used to go to church with my fine Christian
mother too. Strange we should meet in this
place isn’t it?” They continued to share and
reminisce about their Christian mothers and
before long they agreed they needed to get
out of that place and back to their
Christian roots. They sought out a
missionary and with his help returned to the
Christ of their mothers.
Mom, I know there are times when you feel
like you are taken for granted and all your
effort is in vain. Take heart, remember the
promise of Scripture, “Train up a child in
the way he should go, and when he is old he
will not turn from it” (Prov. 22:6).
We need to remember that teaching and living
are parallels, our children learn not from
what we say but what we demonstrate in our
daily lives. It is an awesome responsibility
to be a mother. Be careful to demonstrate by
your daily life what you want your children
to remember and practice in their own lives.
It is important for the children to realize
that in both the Old and New Testament we
are instructed to “Obey your parents in
everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Col.
3:20). “Children, obey your parents in the
Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father
and mother’- which is the first commandment
with a promise-‘that it may go well with you
and that you may enjoy long life on the
earth.’” (Ex. 20:12; Eph. 6:2).
The family of an elderly woman had been
called together for what would surely be
their last visit with the dying woman. Her
three adult children were at her side and
her eldest son bent over, took her hand and
told her, “Mom I love you. You have been a
wonderful mother.” The dying woman whispered
back, “Do you really mean that?” All three
joined in unison, “Of course you have!”
The mother’s voice came again, very faintly,
“I didn’t know. You have never said it
before, I didn’t know.”
When was the last time you let your mother
know how much you appreciate her? How have
you demonstrated your love and appreciation?
Are you really grateful for your mother’s
investment in your life?
Let’s make sure our mother knows how much we
love and appreciate her and not just on