Everyone makes fun of Jewish mothers. Most Jewish comedians mention their mothers and even Jewish mothers laugh about themselves! It’s true, Jewish mothers are often obsessed with bodily functions, insist that you wear a sweater and always remind you that you need more Jewish friends.
Yeshua had a Jewish mother too, you know! I hope she didn’t make him feel guilty (another thing we’re good at…) – after all, he was away all the time, kept strange company and was out till the wee hours of the morning. I would like to think that Miriam (that’s her Hebrew name) had so much faith that she never worried about her son. Of course she was human, so I am sure there were moments of doubt and anxiety.
No mother is perfect, but our aim should be to pray for our children always, and trust that they will make the right decisions. As our children grow into adults our job is to encourage them, listen well, and only give advice when asked.
Now that’s hard for most mothers, but it’s really good for our kids. Yes, to us they will always be
“kids,” just as we will always be Yeshua’s kids. Just as we desire respect from our children, our Lord is looking for the same respect and obedience.
Let us continue to be deserving of respect from our children, while remaining steadfast in respecting our Abba in Heaven!
Happy Mother’s Day!