Mother's Day

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” -Psalm 139 13-14

God is the author of all that is good! This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day as a nation. It is a time to reflect on the vocation of motherhood and all that God has blessed us with in our lives. Why do I speak of God and mothers in the same sentence? Well, we can thank Martin Luther for discovering that God’s work among us is hidden. God certainly provides everything we could ever need on a daily basis, but He does it through the masks of vocations, like mothers. God feeds me through the vocation of the farmer, the baker, the grocer and finally by the hand of my mother. The work of God requires hard work and effort on our part, but that hard work is met with faith in the providence of God’s grace and mercy. You see, God gave us plants and continues to make them grow in the first place. He gives us our physical being to work. No one should expect that God will grant them food, if they do not also put in the effort to gather, refine and prepare it. The gathering, refining, storing and preparing all takes faith, faith that God will meet our effort with His grace. This is called the Protestant work ethic; our own industriousness and effort that is mingled with the faith to trust that God will provide.

Luther in his poignant way reminds us to be thankful of our parents and their faithfulness in their God-given vocation to raise us. He writes, “Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason…takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, ‘Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores?’” Reason seeks to avoid, but faith seeks to embrace! In response, Luther writes, “What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers, or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight…God, with all his angels and creatures is smiling—not because the father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith.”

Now, with all that in mind, let us thank God for the hard work of our parents, especially our mothers! Their love and care for us reveals the heart of God Himself! Most especially we thank them for their faith, which was passed on to us. This Sunday, call your mother and thank her for all she has done for you. Similarly, remember God’s work through her and give Him thanks and praise!

“God's Masterpiece is Mother” by Herbert Farnham

God took the fragrance of a flower...
The majesty of a tree...
The gentleness of morning dew...
The calm of a quiet sea...
The beauty of the twilight hour...
The soul of a starry night...
The laughter of a rippling brook...
The grace of a bird in flight...
Then God fashioned from these things
A creation like no other,
And when his masterpiece was through
He called it simply – Mother.

God bless,

Pastor Joel