The Times of Joy and Sorrow for Mothers

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

  • We rejoice with mothers for their precious babies who have come into the world.
  • We counsel anxious mothers and try to assure them that God is watching over their rebellious teenagers.
  • We stand with mothers at the bedside of injured or ill children and feel their pain.
  • We cry with mothers in their grief when their son or daughter dies.
  • Mary, the mother of Jesus, also experienced times of joy and sorrow.
  • What joy she must have felt when the Christ-child was born! (Luke 2:7).
  • What excitement when the shepherds and later the wise men came to worship Him (Luke 2:8-20; Matt. 2:1-12).
  • What uneasiness when Simeon prophesied that a sword would pierce her soul (Luke 2:35).
  • And what heart-wrenching grief as she watched her Son dying on the cross! (John 19:25-30).
  • But her seasons of being a mother didn’t end with that terrible scene.
  • She rejoiced that He rose from the grave.
  • Mothers, and all of us for that matter, experience many great joys and intense sorrows.
  • But when we submit our lives to the Lord, every season of life can serve His eternal purposes.