My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

08 May 2005

Happy Mother's Day

Reasons abound to praise and thank God. Today is the resurrection day, that great event by which I was brought into God's family. No less personal, today is mother's day - a day kindly set aside to give thanks and blessing to those who have blessed us beyond measure. I realized that I now have three wonderful women in my life.

My mom has so gracefully progressed from changing diapers to storytelling to carpooling to teaching to peacemaking to counseling to supporting and encouraging to cheering. At every stage of motherhood she has deserved to be called "blessed." Now she is not just someone I strive to honor, but someone I delight in honoring, a friend far closer than most.

My wife is now in the diaper & corralling stage of motherhood, and she couldn't be better at it. The love she constantly pours out on two little diaper-conquerors astounds me and moves me to wonder more of Christ's unconditional love for me. She sings and reads and cleans and is joyfully tired every night. She works hard and well and lovingly and is indeed "blessed."

My daughter is seven weeks old today. She eats and sleeps and stretches and coos and that's about it. But she has a secret up her pink sleeve: a covenant heritage. I would be scared for her, scared because I know my sins and deficiencies and inabilities to raise godly children, scared because I know the world and its many lies of empty womanhood...I would be scared were it not for those who have gone before her. The greatest blessing I can give to my mom and my wife is that they give me such hope and confidence for my daughter. In them I have a picture of what God can do with the women He loves.

Generations from now, what will be said of these three women? Maybe not much. But, by God's power, their impact on the kingdom of Christ will be absolutely immeasurable. May God be praised and mothers' be blessed!

2 comments:

Kurt said...

Jared,

My your wife be "the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let her seed possess the gate of those that hate them." - Rebekah's blessing

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