Presidents Honor Their Moms Too
Tuesday - May 19th
May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!.
Our parents played an essential role in our lives - and that's an understatement. God has something to say about our relationship with them. Exodus 20:12 and Proverbs 23:22-25 talk about the importance of honoring our parents, causing them joy, and celebrating their part in our lives. Even Presidents of the United States are to honor their Moms. President John Kennedy sent his Mom a kind note of correction while at the same time honoring her. Her response was great.
From the JFK Library (see picture):
"In 1962, Rose Kennedy wrote to Soviet Premier Khrushchev asking for an autographed photo. Learning that his mother had reached out to the Soviet Premier, JFK wrote her this letter asking her to please check with him before she took it upon herself to correspond with heads of state as requests like hers are 'subject to interpretations.' The timing is interesting, considering JFK wrote back to Rose almost immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In response to his letter, Rose Kennedy wrote back, saying: "I understand very well your letter, although I had not thought of it before. …When I ask for Castro’s autograph, I will let you know in advance!"
As an adult, I tried to honor my Mom like President Kennedy honored his Mother. "Oh, have I got stories to tell you!" Mom excitedly shared with the ladies in the lobby of our church. I was now a Senior Pastor. As a young pastor, I needed to establish that my age would not limit my ability to lead the church. I had only been in the point leadership role a few months when my Mom came to visit. She stayed with us for a little over a week, including two weekends.
She became really popular with some of the ladies in our church before and after our services. As I passed her in the lobby chatting with these ladies, she stopped suddenly. It was obvious they had been talking about me and were still pumping my Mom for stories about me when I approached. It was then that she abruptly said to the other women, "Oh, have I got stories to tell you." And, she did have stories. When I jokingly interacted with mom and the ladies, one of them said, don't ever forget that one of the ten commandments is to honor your parents. I assured them I planned to show her honor.
What about you? Do you honor your parents? Do you give any reason for your Mother to be joyful? Maybe your parents have already stepped into eternity. If they have already passed, how we talk about our parents with others becomes critical. We should honor them in what we say. Are you doing that? Remember that in Ephesians 6:2 we are commanded to obey/honor our parents and that this is the first command that comes with a promise. The promise has to do with long life for us here on earth because of how we honor our parents.
Let's do what even Presidents should do. Let's obey our Lord and honor our parents!