“The Total Package Mom”


Since Mother’s Day is tomorrow, it is only fitting that we reflect today upon our mothers and the impact that they have had on both our domestic and spiritual formation. At the outset, allow me to just say openly, that I am eternally thankful for my mother, Kathleen Ann Marcellino. Her consistent and unrivaled selflessness toward my brothers and me, especially in our formative years, is a treasure to remember, and assuredly, a memory that will never be forgotten. 

When I consider this day, each year, I fondly remember the many years of devouring her great cooking, the numerous mother and children field trips (with my two brothers), and yes, I vividly remember those unforgettable times of camping as a family! And now that I am older and wiser, having been a parent myself for many years, my recollection and appreciation for the great personal sacrifices she constantly made for us all, has truly escalated. Further, she was a woman who knew how to wisely juggle limited resources to the benefit of our family and others. I have memories of a home that was always characterized by my mother’s daily love and protection. It was an environment that was the fruit of a mother who worked quietly, without complaint, day in and day out. She punched no time clock and took no vacations from us. We were her life 24-7-365. And though she was God’s chosen vessel to bring us into this world, we pained her often. Thanks Mom, for being faithfulness to your calling! Isn’t it wonderful how God so tangibly cares for us, in his common grace, through those special women we call “mom”? Let us then confess together that nowhere else is God’s benevolent love for mankind, more clearly seen, than when He loves us through our dear moms. But the New Testament does not stop with the domestically faithful mom as being God’s consummate picture of motherhood. It rather proclaims that the “total-package mom” or “TPM” is also active in spiritually-mothering her family. The “TPM” mother has repented of her sins and trusted in Christ alone, as her personal Lord and Savior, and lives daily by His grace. Therefore, she longs to see and aims to raise her children to also be her children in the faith. The apostle Paul describes such a mom twice in his second epistle to 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 ...” and in (3:15), “and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Oh, that God would give us an abundance of such mothers! Let us ask Him for a world filled with them! And let us not forget the following words of the godly nineteenth-century British preacher, John Angell James, “The primitive age of Christianity was in advance of ours, in the respect it paid to the female sex ... and in wisdom, made use of their available and valuable resources ...” Let us also go and do the same! In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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