Sunday, May 10, we celebrated Mother's Day, historically a proclamation signed by Woodrow Wilson in the early 20th century. We take a day each year to acknowledge the importance of mothers in our lives, yet Solomon writes in Proverbs, "Hear, my son, you father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching." (1:8)
A psychologist came to speak to us when I was a principal, and she noted that children who lose their fathers to an early death adapt much better than those whose fathers are in absentia. Solomon writes the formula, mothers and fathers.
We speak too often about the dissolution of the family and its impact on society. Mothers have, by and large, had responsibility heaped on them as fathers have shirked theirs. As men who follow Christ, rather than condemn the situation, our actions should be as follows: pray for our family; pray that men learn of their importance and impact as fathers and accept that responsibility gladly; pray that we seek opportunities to mentor children in our sphere of influence, either at church, school, or within the community, who've lost their fathers; and, pray for families.
We pray a prayer of thanksgiving for our mothers. They hold a special place in our lives. We pray that prayer of thanksgiving as well as honor of the day, but as men of Christ, pray we never forget our roles and the importance they play as we stand by our wives and children's moms daily as parents in the eyes of God.
Hope Men's Ministry