Imago Dei Of Motherhood

 

Mother and child - happy time

I miss my mom. She left us for heaven Mother’s Day weekend 6 years ago. It was sudden and unexpected. Life can be that way sometimes, sudden and unexpected.

My mom

My mom

I miss my mother-in-law. She left us for heaven just over 2 years ago. It was a long hard journey home for her. Life can be that way sometimes, a long hard journey home.

I am grateful for my wife and the mom she is. I see in her wisdom, grace, love, sacrifice and the willingness to face each day with the courage only faith can provide. Life can be that way sometimes, faith is all you have.

I am utterly amazed by motherhood. It is a complete devotion to build into another life. A mom so empties herself into her children that one wonders how she can never run out of love. She so sacrifices for her children, that one wonders how she can carry on for all her years. Surely there is an end, a limit, a bottom to her supply of love and sacrifice?

If there is, I have not seen it.

I did not see it in my mom, even in the hardest of times she faced. I did not see it in my mother-in-law, even in her frailty. I do not see it in my wife. There is no end to her love and there is no limit to her sacrifice.

This is the “Imago Dei” (Image of God) as seen  in motherhood. There is no end to the love of God and there is no limit to the sacrifice of God. A mother divinely reflects her Creator in her complete devotion and commitment to the well being of her children. God made a mom to reflect the tender compassion and unconditional care He has for His own.

This is why the Scriptures are clear in its’ command to honor our mothers. In so doing, we honor the Creator who designed motherhood to reflect something of Himself; namely, agape love.

The love of a mother is divine in nature. Of course sin has tainted this but nevertheless, the pure love of a mother is a picture of God’s love for His children.

I’m glad to have a glimpse into the divine in my own life. I saw it in my “moms” and I see it in my wife. The utter tenderness and selflessness, even at 3 am, even in the face of sin, even in the midst of heartache, gives evidence to the divine nature that is part of motherhood.

My wife, Doris, with 4 of our children.

My wife, Doris, with 4 of our children.

Take a moment this Mother’s Day and see the glory and beauty of our Creator in motherhood.  Celebrate God’s grand and beautiful gift of motherhood. We never know whether we are on a long hard journey home or whether something sudden and unexpected will happen. Life can be that way sometimes, you never know what lies ahead and faith is all you really have to face each day.

 

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