#35 Mothers, The Heart of the Home

8 April 1999

"Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord"-1 Samuel 1:20 It is at this time of the year that we focus our attention to that special person in our life that has meant so much to us all: our mother. We all have but one. While the Bible does not mention mother's day, it does say a lot about mothers and we find no greater example in all of scripture than that of Hannah, a godly mother. We say "godly" because this is the attribute most profitable to motherhood. It is not her looks, her knowledge, her social status, her wit, her friends or her wealth, but rather those graces which flow from God, the giver of every good and perfect gift. If we were to take a poll of every child, and ask them which attribute of their mother was most treasured, I believe this attribute would be found to be most precious. It is here that we find the graces of Christ: sacrifice, security, warmth, understanding, love and compassion. Is it not so with your case? Of all the things that Hannah could become in her life, there was nothing she wanted to be more than a mother. She placed this great honor above fortune and fame. Therefore, we find this request at the top of her prayer list. When her son was born into this world She named him 'Samuel'. Samuel means 'asked for'. This is a refreshing thought in a day in which freedom and pleasures are placed above this godly calling. The word 'mother' is a warm expression. It suggests three: wife, husband and child. It suggests a home. This is the purpose of motherhood, to have a home. As a matter of fact, that is the Bible definition of a mother: "the bond of the home". We might extend the thought to the "heart" of the home. According to the examples that we find in scripture, there is more to being a mother than having a baby. From the examples of Hannah, Eunice, Lois, and Moses' mother, we find the mother to be many things. But one that stand out above all others is that of being a teacher of good things. These mothers taught their children about the Lord. And what an impact it had upon their lives. If you trace the footsteps of Samuel, Moses and Timothy, you will find God's promise to be true: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it"-Proverbs 22:6. History can not erase the indelible impression that godly mothers have had upon families; towns; societies and countries. Abraham Lincoln's mother died when he was nine. But in the short time he had with his mother, she had a powerful influence upon his life. In his later years he said, "All I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. I can remember her prayers, and they have always followed me." In just nine years, a mother can accomplish much. Mothers not only have an impact upon the lives of their children, but upon all of society as well. Wm. Ross Wallace wrote, "They say that man is mighty,-He governs land and sea,-He weilds a mighty scepter-O'er lesser powers that be;-But a mightier power and stronger-Man from his throne has hurled,-For the hand that rocks the cradle-Is the hand that rules the world." The godly mother is a blessing to all of humanity. God knew what he was doing when he placed her in the heart of the home. Indeed, the call of motherhood is great. It is a life of sacrifice that yields a bountiful reward. As we consider our mothers today, let us consider the unselfish sacrifice of every part of her: "The heart of her, that beat against my own The love of her, out-breathed in every tone The eyes of her, that saw my smallest grief The feet of her, that flew to my relief The hands of her, that mind and body fed The voice of her, that soothed and comforted The ears of her, that heard my childish plaint The face of her, with halo like a saint The lips of her, that smiled her motherhood The mind of her, my own that understood The prayers of her-Oh, I would worthy be Of all my mother was, and is, to me." -Ida Scott Taylor Lord, we thank thee for godly mothers! Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. by His Grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.