Today is the day we celebrate the mothers in our lives. Whether you are a mother or have a mother, it is indeed a wonderful day. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such a great cloud of mothers in my life! At church, in our homeschool group, friends, my mother, mother-in-law, and 2 grandmothers, 1 from each side.
I first want to acknowledge my mom for all of the hard work that she has done in the last 28 years of being a mother. She worked and homeschooled us, poured into our lives daily from God’s word, prayed with us, played with us, loved us, cared for us – and is now doing the same with my own children. I love you mom and will never forget the sacrifices you’ve made for me and make for our family!
I was reading in Hebrews 5 this morning, and this passage struck me a little differently than you would think. Verse 1 and 2 say:
“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.”
As a mother, I (and my husband) am the mediator for our children, a type of “high priest”, (though I hesitate to use those words). What I mean is, I (and hubby) have been appointed by God on behalf of our children to offer sacrifices of prayer for them and to lead and guide them to a place of accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Our “job” is to be their high priest before God – to earnestly pray for their salvation and their hearts to be turned toward him. To lead them in the paths of righteousness by our example and God’s word. To deal gently with them because they are ignorant and wayward and do not know the truth nor have yet the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
This part especially convicted me because it is easy to quickly become frustrated when your children are not cooperating, following instructions, being obedient, etc. I am to deal gently with them because I TOO am full of weakness.