Make Sure You Honour Her Today

‘Many women do noble things but you surpass them all.’ Proverbs 31:29

What makes a mum? Someone who gives birth or someone who takes care of you? Today we celebrate Mother’s Day—a time to thank that amazing person who has sacrificed so much to make you the person you are today.

The person who went without sleep to feed you through the night. The person who comforted you as a toddler and applied band-aids each time you fell and scratched your knee. The person who cooked for you and taught you to tie your own laces. The person who waved good bye on your first day of school and who stuck your pieces of ‘art’ on the fridge door. The person who cheered like crazy as you raced down the playing field with a tennis ball on a spoon. The person who made your outfit for the Christmas play and never laughed when you accidentally bought the baby Jesus gifts of Gold, Frankenstein and Myrrh. The person who ferried you around like a mad taxi driver. The person who you asked, ‘Did you see me?’ and who honestly replied, ‘I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.’ The person who secretly went without so that you didn’t have to. Today we honour those people.

No matter who did those things for you—your natural mum or someone who loved you in her place—make sure you honour her today. Remember to say thank you and show your appreciation.

SoulFood: Exo 20:13, Gen 4:1–15, Matt 5:21–22

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

Today’s Readings

Exodus 20:13 ()

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13 “You shall not murder.

Genesis 4:1–15 ()

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4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.

Matthew 5:21–22 ()

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21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Sun 12 May, 2019


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