On May 14th we will be celebrating Mother’s Day. Throughout the bible, God often uses the relationship between a mother and her child, to illustrate the way He loves His children. In this passage, God speaks of comforting the Israelites the way a mother comforts her child.
Comfort is one of the main concepts in Isaiah 40-66. Isaiah 40 begins with “Comfort, O comfort my people.” The people were in need of comfort. They had sinned and God had punished them. But now was the time of restoration and transformation. They people had to be comforted in order to encourage them to see that things were going to be different. They had to be comforted to know that things were going to change, and God was the one who was going to change things.
The picture of a mother comforting her child, creates an image of a very deep and personal love. A love that is demonstrated in big and small actions. A constant love that is constantly demonstrated.
As we reflect on this verse and God’s love for us, let us also reflect on our mother’s love for us. How she has comforted us and prayed for us. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I always remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They cling to me all my life.”
Another person once said, “A Mother holds her child’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” Let us always thank God for our mothers. For their love, prayers, and comfort.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Rev. Shibi Abraham