'Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed'

May 6, 2022

God's powerful purpose of motherhood is not diminished by the culture's attempt to reject it or redefine it any more than the efforts to deny the sanctity of human life robs it of God's image indelibly imprinted on the soul of every human being.

The words of the author of Proverbs 31, whether it was Solomon or another wise sage, are as valid today as they were 2,700 years ago when they were penned.

The woman who fears God puts Him first: "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." (Prov. 31:28-30 ESV)

As we celebrate this Mother's Day, I am thankful I can celebrate this day with both my mother and the mother of my five children. I bless my mother, who not only chose life by willingly working alongside my father to raise my siblings and me, providing for us, caring for us, and for some of us, being very patient and enduring. I praise my wife, who has been a gift from God to me, and our children, who provide a chorus of praise.

We can't focus on this Mother's Day without acknowledging this week's events. In fact, might I dare say Divine Providence has used the occasion to underscore how our nation departed from God's design for life and motherhood? But we are searching for our way back.

We have allowed a child, created in the image of God, to be redefined as a "choice." A choice to be rejected by the very arms that should embrace and nurture that life. There is no praise from the voices of the millions of aborted children.

The result? There is grieving and misdirected anger for women who have not yet found forgiveness and healing.

This Mother's Day celebration takes on historical significance as America is poised to acknowledge this grievous wrong of abortion and change course, embracing life and celebrating motherhood as God designed it.

For all of the mothers who feared God and chose life, like my mother and my wife did, we honor you this Mothers' Day.