Friday, May 11, 2007

Wisdom: From Faithful Parents

The Holy Family
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
-Proverbs 10:1b

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. A time to show our Mothers how much we appreciate them for all they have done to nurture and care for us, to bring us up and see us on the path to adulthood, to teach us and model for us the faith.

For some, though, Mother’s Day is not a happy day. Some people are racked with guilt because they have totally forsaken their mothers. Some people are filled with grief and lonliness because they have lost their mothers. Some people are angry because they don’t have a mother worth giving thanks for.

The Proverbs present over and over again faithful parents who fulfill their duties of teaching and directing their children in the ways of the faith. Parents who faithfully teach their children, who model the life of a Christian, who bring their children to the waters of baptism and make sure they have received instruction for the proper reception of the Lord’s Supper have been faithful not only to their children but to their God and Savior. And perhaps the most beautiful example of a faithful mother is the Virgin Mother herself, Mary.

I know people, as I’m sure we all do, who have been trained in the way they should go by godly parents and have turned from the right path. I also know people who have been spiritually, if not also physically and emotionally, by their parents and have found the path through the faithful guidance of others.

This Mother’s Day, hear the words of Solomon, a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Give your Mom the best gift any faithful and godly Mother could ever want, wise living in Christ.

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God of our fathers and mothers, we give You all thanks and praise for lifting up faithful parents, especially our faithful mothers. Bless them with Your ever-present grace and comfort. Where they have fallen in their duties, give them the comfort of Your forgiveness in Christ. Where their children have fallen from the right path, speak peace to their hearts and guide their wandering children back. Turn our hearts to that most perfectly obedient Son, who endured the sorrows of all mothers and gave Himself up for the sins of all children. Hear us as we pray in His name.
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