Sunday Sermon // Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

[Associate Pastor, Greg Miller, Covington Campus]

Broad range of emotions around Mother's Day:

  • Joy of a newborn
  • Struggles of raising a child
  • Grief of loss of mother
  • Hurt of losing a child
  • Ongoing emotional pain of a terminated pregnancy
  • Sadness of not being able to have a baby


The GOOD – The miracle of life and the gift of motherhood.

Children are a gift from the lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalms 127:3 NLT)

It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. (John 16:21 NLT)

 

The BAD – Loss and unmet expectations.

When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” (Genesis 30:1 NLT)

The lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalms 34:18 NLT)

 

The UGLY – Heartbreak and headache.

And the lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.” (Genesis 25:23 NLT)

One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn. (Genesis 25:29-34 NLT)

At the age of forty, Esau married two Hittite wives: Judith, the daughter of Beeri, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon. But Esau’s wives made life miserable for Isaac and Rebekah. (Genesis 26:34, 35 NLT)

Most of the time our lives and our children's lives don't work out just like we thought they would. And we get frustrated and maybe even angry at God. But He is our portion.

 

The key

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26 NIV)

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