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Sunday, May 11, 2014

MOTHER'S DAY MESSAGE: BY REV. FR. MATHEW ZACHARIAH

( We are blessed to have a loving and powerful mother's day message from our patron Rev. Fr.Mathew Zachariah, Colorado. Our publication is lucky to have writers and patrons who shower their support and blessings to make this publication a very valuable one for our respected readers. What a meaningful and blessed message we have in this Mother's day from our Achen))New World
In America, the second Sunday in May is set aside to honor mothers.Most of the phone calls made in a year, are on Mother's Day. The reason for this is because anyone who has experienced the love, care and sacrifice of a mother can never forget it. According to the Bible, Adam and Eve are the only ones who did not have a mother.It is very beautiful for America to set apart a day to honor its beloved mothers. Most mothers get very little credit or appreciation from their families. Let us reflect on the life of an average mother. A good percentage of today's mothers work outside the home. In spite of this, when this tired mom comes home from work, she has to go directly into the kitchen. In most cases, if the father is at home, he will be relaxing watching television, on the computer, or reading some paper. Very seldom does this hard working mother get a helping hand, a compliment or a thank you note from her family. More often than not, she does not complain, for her satisfaction comes from taking care of her family.It is an amazing thing to see the influence of a godly mother in her children's lives. Her unconditional love and dedication give them confidence, acceptance, security, and understanding to love and care for others. She is there when her children need a word of comfort, a loving touch, a warm hug and most importantly apatient and listening ear. A good Christian mother never takes a back seat in instructing her children to love and trust God and Hisbeloved Son Jesus Christ. Abraham Lincoln said, "No man is poorwho has a godly mother."I remember a story I read a while back. William McKinley, lawyer,congressman, governor of Ohio, and president of the United States,had a close relationship with his dear mother. He either visited her or sent a message to her every day. When she became seriously ill, he arranged to have a special train standing by, ready to take him to her bedside. Mrs. McKinley died December 12, 1897, in the arms of her 54-year old son. Her gentleness and Christian virtues helped to mold the president's character. About 4 years later, when he was gunned down in Buffalo, New York, he showed no bitterness toward his assassin. With Christian courage he said, "God's will be done." Before he died, he asked to hear once again the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee" which his mother had taught him.About 700 B.C., King Lemuel, while reflecting on what his mother had taught him, wrote the following, "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life... She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy... Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her; many women do noble things, but you surpass them all... a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." (Proverbs 31)Once I heard a man says these words about why he does not join with his children in honoring his wife on Mother's Day, "My mother is dead." Then pointing his finger to his wife, he said, "she is my wife, not my mother." When hearing this, I responded, "True, but she is the mother of your children." The Psalmist describes the blessed man who fears the Lord, "Blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons will be like olive shoots around your table." (Psalm 128:2-3)My own dear mother has gone from this world to be with her Lord.Although it has been many years now, I still have sweet memories of her. On Mother's Day while I remember my mother, I honor my wife for all the sacrifices she makes for my family. Perhaps you too have been blessed with a godly mother. May you have time to reflect on those precious memories of her, who for all those years prayed for your bright future and godly life. Let all our mothers know this Mother's Day that we love and appreciate them for what they have done for us. Beloved Mothers, WE SALUTE YOU! Dear God, bless all our mothers who are living today, and comfort all who are in your presence.
 Amen.
Fr. M. M. ZachariahColorado

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