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A Mother’s Day Story May 9, 2010

I had an uncle that I have often wrote about who was also rebellious as a teenager.   He always did things differently and money was always important to him.  He was not a man of God as a young man; nor was he when he was older.

That’s actually quite remarkable when I consider the fact that his mother…my grandmother was a woman of God.  I cannot remember a day when my grandmother ever missed going to church or serving.  She loved her family; especially her sons.

One day this uncle joined the army.  I don’t guess it was too pleasant for a young rebellious man back in the forties and fifties.  So, he went A.W.O.L. and got caught and was put in the army jail.

Now my grandmother had a third grade education and yet she was pone of the smartest people that I’ve ever known.  I say that she had more common sense than many learned scholars and great confidence in her abilities.

One day grandma began to write to my Uncle’s commanding officer and whoever his commanding officer was and so forth.  Her letter was simple:  “Please let my son out of jail!”   I am sure that she presented a case of logical reason that was simple yet sensible.  May I add that they were not in the habit of letting men out of jail who went A.W.O.L; but God…

I am sure that she told them that she was treated for cancer in the tumor clinic for well over a decade…and that she had been hospitalized many times…and that God had healed her!   I am certain that she told them that she had been so sick that she felt bad that she had never truly been  able to raise her boy the way that she  would have liked…

She stood in faith.   She was relentless.   Our grandmother was a Proverbs 31 woman.  They let him out!

I make a special tribute to the many mothers and grandmothers, aunts, friends, sisters, cousins who have so humbly accepted the mothering role without fanfare.  So many have left and give legacies of faith, wisdom, confidence and inspiration and I joyfully salute them all!



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Mother From Fausset’s Bible Dictionary

Honored in Israel as she is not in the East generally; one superiority of Judaism over other contemporary systems (1Ki_2:19). King Solomon rose up to meet and bowed himself unto Bathsheba, and set her on his right hand (Lev_19:3). Figuratively, a city is mother of the surrounding villages its daughters (Jos_15:45; 2Sa_20:19). Ezekiel (Eze_21:21) uses “mother of the way” for the parting of the way into two roads which branch from it, as from a common parent; however, Havernick, from a Arabic idiom, translated it as “the highway.”

She girds herself with strength, and strengthens herself daily. She perceives that her provision for her family is good: she does not retire early but works diligently to see to the needs of her family, she is not an idle woman. Proverbs 31:17, 18, 27

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (2) “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), (3) “that it may go well with you and that you

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, (9) for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 6:20-22 ESV My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. (21) Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. (22) When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.

Proverbs 10:1 ESV The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 ESV A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.