Happy Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day has a very special place in the hearts of the majority of people in America. Hallmark estimates that more than 150 million Mother’s Day cards will be sent this year, making Mother’s Day the third largest greeting card holiday of the year after Christmas and Valentines Day.
A Few Quotes
Today is focused on appreciating and honoring mothers. Here are a few quotes regarding mothers:
“To be a mother is the greatest vocation in the world. No being has a position of such great power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her is necessarily committed the making of the nation’s citizens.”
—Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), evangelist, suffragist, and author. She championed the right of young women to attend college and is co-founder of Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
“I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it.”
—Rose Kennedy, JFK’s mother
“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”
“There is no assignment on earth that requires the array of skills and understanding needed by a mom in fulfilling her everyday duties. She must be a resident psychologist, physician, theologian, educator, nurse, chef, taxi driver, fire marshal and occasional police officer.”
—James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family
“Try to raise up mothers…mothers are the want of the world.”
—Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army
“Who is it that loves me and will love me forever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.”
—Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer
God’s love surpasses a mother’s love
It is appropriate to compare God’s love for us to a mother’s love for her child. Notice on airplanes that they say, “If the oxygen masks drop and you are traveling with a child, make sure to put the mask on yourself first, and then take care of your child.” I asked a flight attendant why they said that, and he explained, “Because a mother’s instinct is to sacrifice herself and to protect her child first. But we need the moms to take care of themselves first so they can really protect their children.” God’s love for you is like that, but better…
God’s love surpasses a mother’s love: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Is 49:15). Sometimes we hear of parents abandoning their child. God, however, will never under any circumstances abandon you if you are his child, even though we often prove unfaithful to him. God’s steadfast love endures forever.