Summary: Mums have one of the toughest ministries that God has given out!
Today is Mothering Sunday, the day when we thank God for giving us the one human being on this earth who generally has had the greatest impact on our lives.
Today we come to Church to give thanks for our mothers – whether or not they are dead or alive.
Story: I heard a story about a missionary who was trying to stir up interest to get people to go to a foreign country to preach the gospel.
At the end of the service a woman, dragging a little boy behind her, told the missionary, "I just feel like God is calling me to be a missionary."
"He is, indeed" replied the missionary - and pointing to the little boy, said:
"And there’s the first little heathen he wants you to preach to."
I would like to focus this morning on one verse
from our second reading, the verse in which St Paul writing to Timothy said this:
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also (“ Tim 1:5)
Timothy’s faith was nurtured on his mother’s knee – and probably his grandmother’s knee too.
Mothers have a wonderful opportunity to influence their children, in their early years for good.
They have the opportunity to bring them up to love and to serve God as did Eunice her son Timothy.
Someone once said “Mothers are the glue that holds the family together.”
Question: But can anyone tell me what mothers actually do? What is their job description – to use modern “business speak”
Answer: Mothers are:
2 cooks and cleaners.
3 nurses and doctors,
4 psychologists and counsellors,
5 car drivers and coaches - and
6 even football supporters.
Story: Maddy used to drive Jonny and Chris when they were younger to football in Kandern about 20 miles away, when we were living in Basle, Switzerland.
She came so regularly, that at the end of the season, the Kandern football club presented her with a bottle of wine for being their best supporter!!
Mums are very important.
I like the term the has come into vogue recently: Mums are homemakers.
Because homes need making – they don’t just happen
Story: I heard the story about a little boy - who was sitting on the front steps of his house - with his face buried in his hands.
As he was sitting there his father arrived came home. He asked the little boy what was wrong.
The little boy looked up and said, "Well, just between us, Dad, I’m having trouble getting along with your wife, too!"
The Ministry that mothers are called to is one of the toughest assignments God ever gave anybody!
Someone once said a mother has to be
i) as insightful as a psychologist,
ii) as tough as a marine corps drill instructor,
iii) as gentle as a nurse.
And she’s needs the negotation skills of a negotiator trying to broker an agreement between trade unions and management.
Being a mother requires
i) an endless supply of energy,
ii) a massive amount of patience, and
iii) an iron will, and
iv) the recognition that if she ever gets sick, she’s got to get well before the end of the school day.