Mothers’ Day Service: May 8 2016

Mothers’ Day is here (May 8)! Let’s celebrate together. This Sunday is Mothers’ Day and I hope to see you all for a Mothers’ Day service followed by a Luncheon (Susan has sent an email about that.)

It’s a blessing to be a parent, and even more a blessing to be a Mother. Mothers’ Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, and it is a good time to honor mothers.

Mothers’ Day always reminds me of King Solomon’s wise judgement. The story is recounted in 1 Kings 3:16-28. Two young women who lived in the same house and who both had an infant son came to Solomon for a judgment. One of the women claimed that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. The other woman denied this and so both women claimed to be the mother of the living son and said that the dead boy belonged to the other.

After some deliberation, King Solomon called for a sword to be brought before him. He declared that there was only one fair solution: the live son must be split in two, each woman receiving half of the child. Upon hearing this terrible verdict, the boy’s true mother cried out, “Oh Lord, give the baby to her, just don’t kill him!” The liar, in her bitter jealousy, exclaimed, “It shall be neither mine nor yours—divide it!”

The king declared the first mother as the true mother, as a true, loving mother would rather surrender her baby to another than hurt him, and gave her the baby. King Solomon’s judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom…

Mothers are worth celebrating.

Happy Mothers’ Day.

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