"A Beautiful Sight of Christ"
"Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters. She was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters."
I have lived my life with two mothers, first my own Mom, and then the mother of my children, Frances. I do not begin to have the words to describe the beauty I have witnessed in their hearts and lives as they have exemplified everything that motherdom represents. Devotion, caring, nurturing, teaching, tenderness, discipline, and most of all, loving self-sacrifice - I have lived my entire lifetime in the presence of these two women who have given so much for me and for my children (excuse me for a moment while I get down on my knees to give thanks…).
I arise to simply affirm that I have seen the Lord Jesus Christ in my mother, and in Frances' mothering of our children. The light of His nature, character, and way has illuminated every day of my life. I didn't know what I was seeing as I grew up with my mother. And I haven't seen it clearly enough as I have beheld Frances's mothering (and now her grandmothering). But I do see it at least a bit more clearly now, and I marvel in memory of my mother, and in present moments of viewing the Lord's glory in Frances's relationship with her children and grandchildren. It has been and it is a beautiful sight to behold, a beautiful sight of Christ.
I know without question than many times in both their lives, Frances and my mother sought the Lord's grace to enable the mothering of their children. He faithfully answered, over and over and over again. Thus, my children, grandchildren and I have been privileged to see, hear, and touch the very heart of God as it has reflected from the hearts of these two women who have looked to Him in faith. He receives all the glory, as my mother and Frances would strongly direct me to declare. So I declare it: all glory, praise, and thanks to the God who must be wonderful beyond imagining to have so revealed His goodness in the hearts and lives of these two vines in our blood, these two mothers who have been for me and for my children the beautiful lamps of Christ's beautiful Light.
"A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
Weekly Memory Verse
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
(I John 5:21)