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Our Godly Mothers 4/9/2013

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

As I, along with my brothers and sisters, sit near our mother at her bedside in Washington State awaiting the call from the Lord which will move her to her eternal life in Him, I am reminded of that which Apostle Paul wrote to his young coworker Timothy concerning Paul's departure from this life. The 2nd letter to Timothy was the last letter that the Apostle wrote and it was written from his prison cell shortly before he was "ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Within the initial two verses from the Holy Scriptures placed above, we see the faithfulness of God toward Timothy, that had extended from his grandmother Lois, to his mother Eunice, and to himself, as well as that the promise of the mercy of the Lord is forever, to them that fear him. God not only promises us this continued mercy, but he also promises it to our children’s children. In other words, our grandchildren.......great grandchildren....great great grandchildren...

We are thankful for our godly mothers, who have been the first preachers of the gospel toward us as they modeled the grace of God toward us through their selfless and patient service towards our selfish needs as a baby. They have also spoken to us of Jesus from our youth, for they have learned from their (our grandmothers) mothers that the Holy Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation. My mother preached to me what was probably the shortest sermon that I ever heard anyone speak, but what she said perhaps had the greatest impact on me as far as understanding how she looked at life. She had lost her husband (my father) when she was 44 years old and was left with 11 children from ages 3 to 20. In addition to losing her husband, her daughter died at 20 years of age five years later. A number of years ago I asked her how she had been able to cope with all the challenges that came with raising us without her husband. She told me, "The more I trusted, the less I worried." Her strength was not in herself, but it was in the power of the Lord's might.

When the foundation of our life is Jesus, not even the tornadoes and tsunamis of life are able to succeed in toppling our “house of faith.” Knowing that time together strengthens our relationship with God, let us draw near to Him, knowing that when we do so, He will draw near to us. We draw near to Him through the prayerful hearing, reading and meditation of the Holy Scriptures, through prayer, through fellowship, as well as through partaking of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, knowing that through these means of grace, we are strengthened, established and settled in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One of my mother's doctors shared that she had told him "I am ready to meet Jesus and don't you get in my way".............That sounds a lot like the mother that I and my siblings have been blessed with....

May mothers of all ages be thanked today for your love, patience, and steadfastness in the nurturing of your children. May you continue in the strength and wisdom of our Lord to sow the good seed of the gospel into the hearts and lives of those you love.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 09 Apr 2013 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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