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“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, . . . that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

(Deuteronomy 5:16)

by Larry Burkett

God commanded us to give honor to our mothers. 

The most famous mother in the Bible, outside of Mary the mother of Jesus, was a woman by the name of Hannah. She suffered ridicule because she was barren; during her generation that was considered a curse from God.

Hannah made a promise to God that if He would give her a son she would dedicate him totally to God. He answered her prayer and Samuel was born. Hannah was a mother like all mothers, and to give up her son was a sacrifice, but when Samuel was a young boy she left him with the prophet Eli.

The books of Samuel in the Old Testament are about the life of Samuel: Hannah’s love for her son, how she prayed for him regularly, and how she visited him every year to bring him clothing and food. Can you imagine giving birth to a son, having him for only a few years, and then only seeing him once a year? But Hannah had made a vow to God and she kept her promise.

If you have children, love them dearly, pray for them regularly, and at some point surrender them to God.

We’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day soon. If your mother is still living, call her and tell her how much you love and appreciate her—every day.

Daily Scripture Reading:
2 Samuel 20-21, 23:8-23
1 Chronicles 11:10-25, 20:4-8