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It is interesting to read the Bible looking for the metaphors and analogies the writers used in trying to describe God. When I am speaking of describing God, I am talking about how God relates to humanity. When describing the return from Babylonian exile, the Prophet declares in Isaiah 66:12-13:
“For thus says the Lord:
‘I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (New Revised Standard Version)
The New American Standard Version translates the passage as:
“For thus says the Lord,
‘Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an ever-flowing stream; and you shall be nursed, you shall be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
When we go to the mall I like to watch people. One very common sight is that of a mother pushing a stroller and carrying her child on her hip. The child is heavy, the mother is tired, but she carries that child. It sure was nice to have mama carry us when we grew tired. We still get tired.
We grow tired physically and emotionally as we try to live and work in a crazy and relentless world.
We grow tired spiritually as we attempt to live a Christ like life in a world chock full of temptations and contradictions.
We grow tired as we give heart and soul to the work of the Church and the fruits of our labor are often not readily seen.
In the midst of it all, the Lord sees our raised arms, and the Lord smiles, picks us up and says, “I’ll carry you, a while.” The God of all creation is not only powerful, the God of all creation is tender and loving like a mother.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers. We remember our mothers who have gone to be with the Lord and we are thankful that when needed, God cares for us with the tenderness and compassion of a loving mother.