“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” vss. 27-28
There is an unparalleled regard for mothers in our culture. It’s not that every mother is perfect…some are far from that. But in general we appreciate our moms and will go out of our ways to honor them…Mother’s Day is a really big deal for many, and it’s not just a Hallmark marketing strategy. Just as Jesus had a special relationship with his sheep, mothers connect in an intimate way with their kids! There’s a special kind of knowing that resonates in a mother’s voice and the best of them would agree with Jesus, “no one will ever snatch (my children) out of my hand.” Even Jesus had that kind of relationship with his mother and Mary stood by him until the end and beyond. Of course no mother is the Good Shepherd! There’s a point at which her influence fades and children go off on their own. That’s a scary time for moms and their prayers intensify. They want so badly for their newly independent babes to be safe, but they have no recourse but to commend them into the hands of God. They find comfort in knowing that even if their children should turn away from God they will never wander beyond the boundaries of God’s love. God’s eye is on the sparrows; certainly God never loses track of our kids!
Thought for the Day: How did my mother show me love?