May 2016

Nikki Ho-ShingLove and Mothers

May has arrived and Mother’s Day is upon us. This bright and sunny month gives way to celebrating our mothers and all the women who hold a special place in our hearts. My own mother is my biggest blessing, I often say, but many people have women who hold that maternal place for them that may not be the person who birthed them. They are all blessings. One thing most people will agree on is that the love these mothers and women have for their child is unparalleled and is not easily, if ever, shaken or broken.

As we honor and celebrate the women who have showered and showed us love through the years, it is a fitting time to think on what the Bible tells us about love. In February, we looked at how to love and who deserves love (which is everyone). But this month in particular lends itself to a study of what love is and what it looks like. The very well known passage in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us rather simply that:

Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

For many people the love they receive from their mothers and maternal caregivers is our first glimpse at the magnitude of the love we are gifted from God. And often this love looks like Corinthians describes. As we go through the month, sending our celebratory cards and taking our loved ones to dinner, let’s also spend some time meditating on and embodying this description of love.

Written By,
Nikki Ho-Shing
Writing Contributor for The Holy Tabernacle
May 2016