The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(a repeat from 2016)
"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 have no 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 seen all 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 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 beheld as I grew up with my mother. Nor have I realized it clearly enough as I have witnessed Frances's mothering (and now her grandmothering). But I do see it a bit more clearly now as I marvel in memory of my mother, and as I presently view 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 display of Christ.
Frances and my mother both 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 tell 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 the blood, these two mothers who have been for me and for my children the glimmering lamps of Christ's beautiful Light.
"A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
Weekly Memory Verse
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.