Never too late for Mother

I wanted to post this on Mother’s day but my mood turned gloomy and I was in no mood to write a loving greeting to the mums after hearing a sermon on the “Unforgivables“. But then, I thought, it should not be only once a year that we remember  a mother’s love for her children. So to all the Mothers out there, I say this:

We don’t all celebrate Mother’s Day together with the rest of the world but it serves as a reminder to all of us. Time passes so quickly and mothers make the days so fluid and all their labours often go unnoticed. That is why God even reminds us of the importance of the mothers in our lives.

How important are mothers? So important that God included it in the 10 Commandments:

“Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.” Exodus 20:12

As members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) we have always been taught to be respectful of our mothers and fathers: “God’s curse on anyone who dishonors his father or mother.’ “And all the people will answer, ‘Amen!’  Deuteronomy 27:16.

So even if our parents happen to be of different faiths we don’t have to follow their religion but we can still respect them. For even if a mother or father who has a different religion or a different belief and may even try to hinder their son or daughter from joining the Church of Christ, didn’t Jesus teach us to love our enemies?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! You must be perfect—just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48 (GNT)

We show love to the enemies of our faith. We pray for those who persecute us. Christ even said if you only speak to your friends even pagans do that! More so, in a family situation where there are problems of faith, we still show our love and we communicate with one another!
God said :”Wise children make their fathers happy. Only fools despise their mothers”. Proverbs-15:20

ONLY FOOLS DESPISE THEIR MOTHERS.

It’s been years since my own mother passed away and I have my own family now. But there are still times I miss her and her own way of correcting me and yet still she encouraged me. We didn’t always see eye to eye but we worked it out. That’s what families do. That’s what family love is. It’s not always perfect but as the Bible says, love is the greatest. It prevails over misunderstandings and quarrels.

“There are people who curse their fathers and do not show their appreciation for their mothers.” Proverbs 30:11

Does this still apply when we get married and our mother is already old? More so! “Listen to your father; without him you would not exist. When your mother is old, show her your appreciation.” Proverbs 23:22

Sad to say, there are people who don’t show their appreciation for their mothers. They never consider how they were raised and cared for by them. They don’t think of the countless hours and days their mother took care of them. They forget how their mother bore the pain of childbirth for them. They don’t remember each morsel of food their mother placed in their mouth or how they worried when their child was sick.

What is painful to see is when the child grows up, they think they have learned more than their parents and then they shun them when they get old. Shame.

“Only a shameful, disgraceful person would mistreat his father or turn his mother away from his home.” Proverbs 19:26

Never, never turn our mother away. It is disgraceful to God. Anyone who does this should be ashamed.

A person who insults his mother angers God. Here is God’s warning: “If you make fun of your father or despise your mother in her old age, you ought to be eaten by vultures or have your eyes picked out by wild ravens.” Proverbs 30:17

No matter what issues may arise. No matter what misunderstanding there could be in a family, God warned the people who despise their mothers. It is a wicked act before the sight of God.

That is why even the Lord Jesus Christ himself showed that love and respect for his mother even at the most painful time of His life; ON THE CROSS, already suffering and near his death, jesus did not forget about his mother and sibling – John 19:3 & 25-27:

3 After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier.

25 Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 

26 Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

27 Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

For me, this is one of the most touching moments in the life of Jesus. Despite the agony he was going through at the very moment, no matter how much mockery and shame he was made to feel, and his precious blood flowing out, Jesus Christ, while nailed to the cross, thought about own mother. How much more us? What pain have we gone through to that we would forget our mother?

To all the mums and mothers of our children; we may not always say how we feel. We may not always act appreciative. And even if we should forget what you’ve done for us, may our Father bless you and care for you. May He embrace you in His loving arms even when the children forget. May the Father remember you.

May God comfort those who are far from their children  and the children who are far from their mothers.

Thank you Mother.

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7 thoughts on “Never too late for Mother

  1. I just copied and printed this so my kids can read and learn from it. These are the words we are constantly taught in CWS and AWS before, but not anymore.

    It is a shame that the leaders even seem to go out of their way just to avoid touching on these kinds of lessons and verses – are they scared that the brethren, especially the young ones, might realize that the commandment of God to love and honor your parents is one of the most important commandment of God?

    Why? because it makes it awkward for the guy who currently sits on the throne? How blinded is he that he does not realize that he has lost the respect of the flock as a whole? And that majority is just waiting for him to “go away”, natural causes or not, so the Church can go back to it’s pristine condition.

    And how can you respect a minister or an officer who would “correct” us with a “bawal sa atin yan” when they hear someone greet “happy mother’s day” or “happy father’s day”? How can showing your appreciation and love to someone, especially your parents, be wrong? It can only be wrong if what is inside your heart is HATRED.

    I guess for now, it is solely up to the parents to teach and guide their kids of the doctrine and teachings about LOVE. Love within the family, friends, neighbors and especially, the love for God and Christ.

    Thanks for writing this. I truly appreciate the part you and other enlightened brethren play in all of this madness that is going on inside the Church.

    Please keep on writing to inspire the weary brethren.

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    1. I am a CWS/PNK teacher, and sad to say that they avoided including the love for parents as a moral lesson in every “leksiyon.” So what I do is whenever the moral lesson is about obeying the teachings of God, I try to never fail to include the love for parents as one of the most important commandments of God.

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      1. More power to you for doing that but be careful as someone (not the innocent children) will be offended as you teach the truth and report you to their true master. – only three kinds of lessons topics you are allowed when teaching i.e obey and submit to the administration, offerings and missionary – (missionary connects to offerings) so my bad cuz really its just two. Topics like “love our parents specially our mothers”? oh the hell with that till judgement day! – Happy Mother’s Day ;o)

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  2. REGARDING THE CELEBRATION OF MOTHER’S DAY/FATHER’S DAY

    MOTHER’S Day (celebrated on the second Sunday of May) and Father’s Day (celebrated on the third Sunday of June) are both SECULAR HOLIDAYS:

    “In the Philippines, Mother’s Day is officially celebrated every second sunday of May, but it is not a public holiday. Although not a traditional Filipino holiday, the occasion owes its popularity to American influence, and is thus more commonly celebrated every second Sunday of May like in the United States.
    “According to a 2008 article by the Philippine News Agency, in 1921 the Ilocos Norte Federation of Women’s Clubs asked to declare the first Monday of December as Mother’s Day ‘to honor these fabulous women who brought forth God’s children into this world.’ In response, Governor-General Charles Yeater issued Circular No. 33 declaring the celebration. In 1937 President Manuel L. Quezon issued Presidential Proclamation No. 213, changing the name of the occasion from “Mother’s Day” to “Parent’s Day” to address the complaints that there wasn’t a “Father’s Day”. In 1980 President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Proclamation No. 2037 proclaiming the date as both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In 1988 President Corazon Aquino issued Presidential Proclamation No. 266, changing Mother’s Day to the second Sunday of May, and Father’s Day to the third Sunday of June, discontinuing the traditional date.” [from Wikipedia]

    THUS, since Mother’s/Father’s Day are secular holidays, there is no need for us to have Church Activities related to those “Days.” However If members of the Church would like to commemorate their moms (and dads) on those days (like having lunch/dinner or other activities) they may do so as a Family Activity, but not as a Church Activity. Also, brethren are not prohibited from greeting each other Happy Mother’s Day.

    It’s just like the secular holiday “Independence Day” or the “American Thanksgiving”. Those are secular holidays just like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We do not make Church Activities intended to commemorate those secular holidays. However, there’s nothing wrong when brethren would say ‘Happy 4th of July’ or ‘Happy Thanksgiving’. However, individuals and families may commemorate those secular holidays so as long as it does not go against the doctrines of the Church.

    HOWEVER, we must also be informed that there is another “Mother’s Day” which is also called “Mothering Sunday” celebrated especially in Europe. This holiday celebrated in different parts of Europe is not simply about honouring one’s mother. This holiday is actually rooted in teachings that contradict what we uphold in the true Church Of Christ. Originally, “Mothering Sunday” was the time when Catholics or Protestants would take a day off to visit their “mother church”. This holiday is also connected to “Lent Season”; a religious observance by Catholic and Protestant churches.

    For this reason, our Church Administration is instructing us that we should not participate in “Mothering Sunday”, or what others now call “Mother’s Day”.

    THEREFORE, members of the Church are not prohibited to celebrate the secular Mother’s Day/Father’s Day if they want to do so as long as it does not go against the doctrines of the Church, but we are prohibited to participate in “Mothering Sunday” (celebrated in different parts of Europe as a part of commemorating the Lenten season, a religious observance by Catholics and Protestants) which they aso called “Mother’s Day” (not the secular “Mother’s Day celebrated in US and the Philippines).

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