I wonder if you have heard of a mother called Jochebed. No? I’m sure you have heard of her son. His name was Moses.

What a mother, could you do what she did? To save her son’s life, she gave him away.

It was a tough time for Jochebed and her husband Amram. They were aliens in a foreign land. Come to think of it, they were immigrants, Hebrews who lived in Egypt at a time when the head man — Pharaoh — became worried that the Hebrews were becoming too numerous. So he gave the order that every Hebrew boy should be thrown into the Nile River at birth.

Jochebed hid the infant Moses for three months, but she knew she could not do that forever. She wove a basket from papyrus and coated it with tar and pitch to make it waterproof. She placed Moses in it and set it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. You can read the rest of the story in Exodus Chapter 2.

Carol Kuykendall observed that Jochebed did what she could and surrendered the rest to God.

Not a bad plan for parents. Our goal is for them to become independent. It’s just that they sometimes want it to happen faster than we do.

When they graduate from high school and go off to college, we discover we cannot control their behavior any more. Many smaller acts of independence occur long before they leave home giving us a few trial runs before that happens.

So we do the best we can. We teach and train to the best of our ability before they leave. And then we surrender the rest to God.

We owe a lot to our mothers, who gave us birth, protected us, comforted us, challenged us, and then let us go. Be sure your mother knows you appreciate her. Tell her in person if you can this Mother’s Day weekend. If that isn’t possible, thank God for your mother. And be grateful for the life she has given you.

— The Rev. Ron McClung, a former pastor of Owosso Wesleyan Church, now living in Indianapolis, Indiana, currently serves as the assistant general secretary for the denomination.

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