As Advent begins, we focus on the wonderful news that “unto us a Child is Born…”
A Wonderful Child, a Holy Child, A Savior Child being BORN!!! It’s so EXCITING!!
Being a mother, and having three children, I can tell you all kinds of things about children being born… maybe more than you’d like to hear…
As a mother, I bring that perspective to interpreting the Biblical texts.
I’m sure I’m not the only mother who views the coming of Jesus the Messiah through that lens.
There are: Birth mothers, Adoptive mothers, Foster mothers, Grandmothers, Mothers in Heart & Spirit, Mothers of babies who have died, Mothers of miscarried babies, Mothers of babies given in adoption, Mothers whose hopes and dreams did not come to fruition, Mothers of healthy babies, and Mothers of babies who are differently abled, and Women who did not become mothers by choice or circumstance.
We all come from mothers in some way, shape, or form.
As worship texts shift from Luke to Matthew for the next church year, Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus, and this genealogy, includes five specific women, four of whom are specifically named. This, in itself is shocking, since women weren’t often mentioned, let alone specifically named, in the culture, or in the Bible.
However, it’s an indication of how God touches and values all of us, men and women, to do God’s beautiful work of redemption in the world.
So, this Advent, let’s learn about these women – all of whom were mothers.
Starting on December 1, I am going to preach a four-part sermon series on the mothers listed in this genealogy: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah and Mary. I realize that’s five women and only four weeks to preach – but I want to discuss all of them – even if I have to do some combinations. I’m excited to preach this series and to engage in this learning with all of you!
Males and females, we all learn a lot from our mothers.
Women often are mothers, however women are also not defined solely by their motherhood, despite the fact that society often defines us that way – both Biblically, as well as currently.
Exploring God’s amazing glory at work in the world, through these mothers, affords us the oppportunity to greatly appreciate God’s glory at work in the world … thanks to the Child born to us.
Peace & joy,