Sun, 19 May 2013
May 12, 2013
A Celebration of Life
Synopsis: Whether you are a mother or not you certainly have one and that is what I want to talk about. There are a lot of things that happen to a person before he or she ever make their debut. What happens in a mother’s womb is often used as a metaphor but we all know that a mother’s influence on their child doesn’t end with birth.
Jeremiah’s mother’s womb was the place where he received the call of God to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:4-5). John the Baptist experienced the filling of the Spirit in his mother’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice (Luke). What happens to the baby in the mother’s womb is formative for the rest of life.
The Apostle Paul (Romans) lists Rufus in his greeting and goes on to mention “his dear mother, who has been a mother to me.” I have read that passage many times and referenced Rufus from Mark . Rufus was the son of Simon the one who was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross. I think this is the first time that I remember this latter note catching my attention. What a wonderful comment to say of Rufus’ mother.
Mother is a title we give to more than those who give us life. The title extends from what we think of as the best examples of a mother. Now, maybe no one actually has a mother that has it all. But all of us today can acknowledge the blessing, like Paul, of being mothered my many in life.
May the Lord continue to bless us all with those who care enough to take us in, fill us up and send us on our way.
Scripture Text (NLT): Jeremiah 1:4-5; Luke-45; Romans
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5