1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I always look forward to this Sunday, because I always look forward to the opportunity of saying “Thank You” to some of the most essential people in the life of our church. Not only are you indispensable to your families, you’re indispensable to us as well. Thank you for all you do.
Candidly speaking, this is not always an easy day for everyone.
- For some it’s a day of sadness and renewed mourning, because your mother is no longer with you.
- For some it’s a day of regret — for past mistakes and missed opportunities.
- For some it’s a day of what-might-have-been.
- And, thankfully, for the vast majority, it’s the day it should be — a celebration of the relationship whose significance cannot be overstated.
Pope Paul VI said, “Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.”
Being a mother is not an easy job, and it’s not for the faint of heart. It requires some tough decisions — decisions that are sometimes both risky and heart-wrenching, as we’ll see in today’s text. But the foundation of those decisions is God’s promise that he will provide a way for the child that is surrendered to his care.
Illustration from meeting my biological mother:
I did not want to give you up – I wanted you to have a father
I never thought you would want to call me
Illustration: Everyone has a very important role. Antarctica camp.
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
Paul used a phrase in Romans 16 about a woman that had been important to him. She was the mother of his friend, Rufus, who was (most likely) the son of Simon of Cyrene — the man who was compelled to carry the cross of Christ during his walk to Calvary. There are those who need your love, who need your care, who need your encouragement. Like the mother of Rufus was a mother to Paul — you can play a special role in the lives of others.
John 19:27 – Jesus on the cross – John, here is your mother
Mother’s are often provide the missing piece of the puzzle.