“The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask for something.  He said to her ‘what do  you wish?’ She answered Him, ‘Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom’.  Jesus said in reply, ‘You don’t know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?’…” Matthew 20:20-22

drugs, premarital sex, early pregnancy, abortion, scandal, the list goes on. these are just some words that makes a mother, with all her strength and courage, cringe.  yes, especially in our present society, when what we often watch on tv and the movies, hear over the radio and  see on the internet mostly focus on materialistic gratification.  even most magazines and other reading stuff offer a very wide range of things that disguise as necessities for a better life.  they showcase things, not values.  no wonder that after watching the news, we are left more discouraged and frustrated even, because there is very little airtime for good news, if there is at all. 

so you can just imagine how mothers like me feel, whenever our children goes out of the door to school or to any other activity they are headed for.  scared to death that along the way, the claws of these evils of our society might catch up on them. poor little ones.  but we need to let them go for them to be able to run their own race here on earth. so we mothers, go on through our day doing our own stuff too.  but at the back of our minds we convince ourselves they are safe and sound.  but the fear is there. always there until the time that they come into that door again now safe in the comfort of our homes.  and as we lovingly look at their innocent faces as they sleep, we can just sigh with relief that they “survived” another day from the clutches of the gory reality of our present times.  and we wake up again to the same fear all over again.

now i understand better how the mother of James and John must have felt when she asked the Lord that her sons sit one at His left and the other at His right.  who would not?  by the Lord’s side is the safest place to be.  but as we contemplate on the Lord’s response to this wish, to sit by His noble side equates with such sacrifice and service.  are we willing to sacrifice as much as He did? for others, our children too for that matter? 

maybe we can’t answer that question with an absolute yes or no at this moment.  so maybe now, we might not make the same wish as the mother of James and John did. not because we don’t want to sacrifice, but we don’t want to be presumptous.  we believe that the Lord knows best.

let us put our complete trust in Him that He wants all His children in a better place.  not necessarily by His side.  somewhere even better.  how about in the sweet safety of His embrace.  that’s where we all want to see our children in our minds whenever they walk out that door.  pray and believe in your hearts that the Lord keeps them safe day and night.  because unlike mothers, He sees them through, wherever they may go.  He puts angel wings in their feet so that the evils of our society will never ever catch up on them as they run their race. just pray and trust fully in Him.

if only all the mothers would do that, then our society would be a better place to live in. and the headlines will all be good news.

2 thoughts on “a mother’s love

  1. (Psa 91:1 KJV) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    (Psa 91:2 KJV) I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
    (Psa 91:3 KJV) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    (Psa 91:4 KJV) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    (Psa 91:5 KJV) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    (Psa 91:6 KJV) Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    (Psa 91:7 KJV) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
    (Psa 91:8 KJV) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
    (Psa 91:9 KJV) Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
    (Psa 91:10 KJV) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
    (Psa 91:11 KJV) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
    (Psa 91:12 KJV) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
    (Psa 91:13 KJV) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
    (Psa 91:14 KJV) Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
    (Psa 91:15 KJV) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
    (Psa 91:16 KJV) With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.


  2. Do Not Be Surprised
    Do not be surprised when some church leaders do not accept you, for there has always been people who hold high positions in churches who speak evil of men and women of God.

    Many of God’s people over the centuries have come up against people like that. We read in 3 John v 9 & 10, of an elder called Diotrophes, who with foolish and malicious words spoke evil of the Apostles and who would not receive them or their teachings.

    He loved to have pre-eminence among the local church at that time, and if any did not obey him, he would have them thrown out of the church. Have things really changed today?


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