A Mother’s Faith
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5
As Mothers’ Day approaches, I can’t help but remember what happened on the flight home from my mother’s funeral. When the plane reached cruising altitude between two layers of clouds, its position mirrored my life at that moment. The woman who’d been part of my life since it began in her womb had passed to the other side of that upper row of clouds. Meanwhile, I could not see where my life was headed below the lower layer of clouds. I closed my eyes and thought about my mother.
I inherited my mother’s artistic temperament. Ours was not an easy relationship. But I’m grateful for her faith and for my grandmother’s faith. We can’t inherit faith from our parents or grandparents; however, we absorb what we see in their lives.
My mother taught me to love the Bible. I attended her Sunday school classes as soon as I was old enough to go. She didn’t follow a specific curriculum; she always taught straight from the Bible. Many of the commentaries and religious books she collected now sit on the shelves alongside my own.
Mother gave me a love for hymns. She lulled me to sleep on Saturday night practicing for Sunday school. When I was older, I donned my choir robe every Sunday and sat with the sopranos; she donned hers and sat with the altos.
A few weeks before her impending death, I looked at her picture on my refrigerator and imagined her in a white robe. God reassured me she would soon be singing in the heavenly choir wearing her white robe.
Even if you didn’t grow up with parents who were believers, the Bible says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1). These witnesses encourage us by their lives of faith—whether they have gone on before us to the other side of the clouds or sit beside us in church. Maybe they’re only people we’ve met in books, or maybe they’re loved ones we’ve known all our lives.
Who has modeled the life of faith that you follow?
Read 2 Timothy 1:6-14. What are some things Paul tells Timothy to do to keep his faith strong? What are you doing to strengthen your faith?
According to 1Timothy 4:12-16, how was Timothy to be an example to others? Which of these is part of your walk with God?
How can you be encouraged by Jesus’ promise in Matthew 17:20? Do you have that much faith?
According to Philippians 3:9, how are we made right with God?
Nancy J. Baker