Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
My child, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. (Proverbs 6:20-21) Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)
As we remember and honor mothers and mother-like figures in our lives this coming Sunday for Mother's Day, let us take to heart the exhortations given in the verses above: To not forsake the teaching of your mother, and to not despise your mother when she is old. For some of you, your mother may no longer be around for you to express your appreciation to her, but I am sure that you still remember what she has taught you. And most likely, if you yourself are a mother, you have passed those teachings along to your children and their children.
As some of us gathered together to pray, yesterday, for the National Day of Prayer, we were reminded how important the family is to the preservation of love, life, and liberty in our nation. As we were guided in prayer by the Holy Spirit and with help by a brochure provided by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, we prayed for 7 specific areas of concern: Family, Church, Workplace, Education, Military, Government, and Art/Media/Entertainment. Notice that Family was the first area of concern. It is the first institution established by God for the purpose of expressing our love to God and to one another. When the family is destroyed, so goes our society, this nation, and the world, and this is the area that is attacked most fiercely!
Thus, as we gather together as families for Mother's Day, let us affirm what God has established as being good and true in Scripture as it relates to marriage and family life. Let us hold firmly to the commandment of our fathers and the teaching of our mothers, and express our gratitude to them for their love and instruction.
The message title for this Sunday's worship service is "A Mother's Teaching". We will look at various passages of Scripture, including Titus 2:1-8 and Proverbs 31:10-31. Most importantly, I pray that the message will be a blessing and encouragement, especially to the mothers, as well as for all of us.