Summary: A Eulogy for Eunice by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey deals with the issues of death, parenting,and family.
A Eulogy for Eunice
2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17
by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey
Everyone has a biological mother with the exception of Adam and Eve. We read in the book of Genesis, “Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). So in a sense, Eve is the mother of us all.
Motherhood encompasses step-mothers, single mothers and spiritual mothers, as well as biological mothers.
Do you remember the story written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm called Cinderella, about a young lady who had an evil step-mother? Thankfully, not all step-mothers are evil. In fact, many step-mothers are good and godly in the fulfillment of their motherly role.
We should also note that single mothers are quite often in that position by no choice of their own, due to death, divorce or desertion. Some single mothers do a wonderful job of raising children to know and to serve the Lord. For example, “John M. Webb was born to Dr. Alfred Pellar Webb and Ida Stewart Webb on October 21, 1919 in Atmore, Alabama. He grew up in Atmore where his father was a local physician. From his earliest recollection John attended the First Baptist Church of Atmore. Receiving Christ as his Savior as a young lad, he was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Atmore. When John was twelve his father died leaving the responsibility of his upbringing to his mother, Ida and his grandmother, Elizabeth. His ‘Little Mama,’ Ida and ‘Big Mama,’ Elizabeth, taught him to love the Bible. John received a Bible with the following inscription: ‘To John Webb, Christmas 1930, Mama’.” ¹
From time to time we hear someone referred to as a “spiritual mother.” A “spiritual mother” is a person who leads you to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Sometimes your “spiritual mother” is the same as your biological mother, as in my case.
We can write a eulogy for Eunice, the mother of Timothy, from the epistles of Paul to Timothy and the book of Acts penned by Luke.
According to the Merriam Webster’s Deluxe Dictionary a “eulogy” is “a commendatory formal statement or set oration. High praise.” To “eulogize” is “to speak or write in high praise of” or to “extol”.
The prefix “eu” means “good” and the root “logy” comes from the Greek word “logos” which means “word”. We have some “good words” for Eunice the mother of Timothy.
I. Eunice’s Extraordinary Responsibility
First, we see the extraordinary responsibility Eunice accepted. In Acts 16:1 we read, “Then [Paul] came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek.”
Deuteronomy 6:7 commands parents to teach the law of God to their children when it says, ““You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
The divine wisdom of Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”