My beautiful girl started the “Mothers’ Day” celebration very early in the week. She gave me a note that reads in part: “You would never leave me.” I know what she meant, my heart was touched by her words, but I must confess that I couldn’t help but feel some uneasiness when I read the phrase.
Then I realized that the disease has only made me more aware of what was already true before the disease. At some point our support systems may fail. At some point, sick or not, parents are no longer present. The Bible says: “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” (Psalm 103: 15-16, NIV)
But then I remembered the story when King David looked out for Mephibosheth, grandson of King Saul, after the death of King Saul and his son Jonathan,
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” (2 Samuel 9: 7)
Our big challenge as parents is to teach our children that Jesus is “our David”. Mephibosheth had a physical disability, he was not enjoying the benefits of his inheritance, probably was fearful and hiding because he was the heir to the throne turning David into a rival, and had no relationship with the King. So were us. … But God who is rich in mercy took the initiative and saved us by grace (Ephesians 2: 4-5), just as Mephibosheth received grace at the hands of David.
Our children must learn that Jesus is the voice that will always say, “Do not fear”, “I will show you kindness” and “you will always eat at my table.”
May the Lord help us to lead our children to Jesus every day. May He be the one receiving love notes written in their hearts that say with absolute confidence: “You would never leave me”
Have a Blessed Mothers’ Day!