It is Mother’s Day. Lord God thank you for mothers. As I write I know I must be careful. There are those women who have been wonderful in their mothering skills, others have been terrible and some have been ho-hum. Mother’s Day fits best for those who brought grace and love into their families. It is first that I pray for them. Thank you for their willingness and unselfish spirits. Then I pray for those who had a miserable time trying and failing. I pray for forgiveness, then I pray their children will have had others who stepped in and touched them in a mothering way, in fact oh Lord I pray they they still have that experience. I pray in their lives there will be reconciling moments, moments salted with your grace to bring about what should have been happening, please allow for it to still happen. Lord God today I draw from the text and ask what can we learn about you. Give guidance, direction and peace of heart as we seek to walk with you.
The text: The Vanderbilt Divinity Library Lectionary Text is followed on a weekly basis. Please allow your reading and meditation to be encouraged by following this scriptural presentation.
- Acts 16:16-34 • Psalm 97 • Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 • John 17:20-26
- A reference from the Mother’s Hymnal Published in 1850 http://www.hymnary.org/hymnal/MHBN1850?page=1
I went in search for very specific music about mothers. What I came across instead was a spirit of thank you. Please enjoy Kathryn Scott- How Could I Ever Say Thank You? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3VUcPGLen0
Here is another: (to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers (published May 2013)
Honor Christian Mothers (click skip ad)
A song that causes tears each time I hear it, Celine Dion- A Mother’s Prayer
The purpose of these ongoing meditations is to ask you to reflect on who God is and how your knowledge of God nurtures your sense of spirituality. As you read the text ask yourself what is going on in your life today and what is revealed about God that gives meaning to your quest today.
In this text the Paul Silas are ardently about the business of being the holy men with a significant call. There is an interruption by a woman. Not just any woman, but one who is telling the world they are legitimate. Paul is frustrated and then it happens. For me this word reveals the nature of God. My sensitivities are honed and sharpened as Paul calls on God’s Spirit to intervene.
Woman you are not yourself! Acts 16:18
So who was this woman? She was mere chattel. A person to be used to make money, then discarded. She was a victim of the crowd. (22) This is the way it is. She is a part of the market place and should know her place. Then she is forgotten. She had just told the world God was about the business of saving people. God dares to cause God’s servants to be slaves to a cause. She understood the word, after all wasn’t she a slave who’s only real purpose was/is to make money for others. Is there perhaps a stronger message here then is often seen?
The lectionary text takes us to Psalm 97. It is a Psalm that speaks of the immensity of God. I wonder what this woman understood about these words from Psalm 97? She spoke of the Most High God. Was this just a thought that this God was one above many gods or as she came in contact with Paul and Silas was there a stirring within her nurturing her sense of spirituality? Did she make her proclamation, and in so doing declare she was no longer slave to the market place but now a slave to God?
Is she in some way being introduced to the Jesus spoken about in Revelation?
22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
22:16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
Paul and Silas became tools to proclaim a way of life. Jesus in prayer then gives integrity, the gift of integrity, that all may be one! In this oneness is the calling to experience both the loving God and the love of God.
This is Mother’s day. Mother’s are typically identified as the nurturers in families. While that isn’t always the case it does not change the hope and desire arising out of God’s creative will. There are moments, there are seconds in our lives when we know we have experienced the gentleness of that kind of touch. Just like the woman in the story, it is not the place a woman carries in society, it is how she rises above it that ultimately allows us the graciousness of a happy mother’s day.
Closing Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith with lyrics (click skip ad)