Many mothers have or will have three separate roles in their life as a mother: mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. How they fill these roles has a great deal to do with their happiness and the happiness of others. In this space let’s look at what the Bible says.

‘The mother’
While murderous moms make the news today and some folks make excuses for their evil, we should be reminded of the biblical role of the mother. A child’s mother is the initial and primary source of comfort. In Isaiah 66:13 God compares his care of his people to that of a mother to her children, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Then from before the time the child can remember, his or her mother is the teacher. Solomon writes, “Do not forsake the teaching of your mother.” (Proverbs 6:20). This, of course, assumes that the mother has taught that which is good and biblical. It is not an overstatement to say that mothers wield more influence by shaping the personality and character of the children, especially early on, than anyone in the world. Or at least that’s the way it should be.

‘The mother-in-law’
In the television program “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Marie Barone has to be everybody’s worst mother-in-law nightmare. She is critical, intrusive and acts as if her grown son is still ten years old. Apparently a far cry from the kind of mother-in-law Naomi was to Ruth. It may surprise some to know that the beautiful passage often cited at weddings, Ruth 1:16 was originally from a daughter-in-law to her mother-in-law, “Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”

‘The grandmother’
The word “grandmother” occurs only once in the Bible, 2 Timothy 1:5, “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.” Grandkids should be able to see and hear grandma’s faith. Her well-worn Bible and sweet disposition may touch many generations to follow.

May God bless mothers, mothers-in-law and grandmothers. And may God especially bless those godly women who lovingly live the life and fill the roles he has called them to.

Brad Fry

Published in: on May 13, 2012 at 6:29 am  Leave a Comment