Posted by: x | May 7, 2011

A Mother is a Chalice

Much has been written on the subject of motherhood. There are scores of famous quotes about mothers. I have nothing profound to add, but I would like to share some of the writings that have affected me most.

One of my favorite authors once wrote the following about motherhood:

A mother is a chalice, the vessel without which no human being has ever been born. She is created to be a life-bearer, cooperating with her husband and with God in the making of a child. What a solemn responsibility. What an unspeakable privilege — a vessel divinely prepared for the Master’s use.

And in writing about her own mother, she had this to say:

I did not know the things Mother kept in her heart and pondered — things of far greater consequence than the physical care of the coming child. The fear of God was in her heart, the deep awe of receiving a gift, the sense of her own inadequacy to be to this child all that she ought to be.

Elisabeth Elliot, The Shaping of a Christian Family

I can relate to those feelings of deep awe and sense of inadequacy in this monumental task of being a mother. My own dear mother must have felt that as well. I’m not sure when I realized how much she prayed for me. Probably not until I was an adult myself. But I know that of all the things she has done for me (enough to fill a whole series of books), this is the greatest — she prayed for me. And continues to pray for me.

So, when I fail to be a good mother, when I am weak and tired, when I don’t know what to do or how to help my girls — I pray for them. I pray that despite having an imperfect mother, they might come to see and know a Savior, who is perfect in every way. I know that this is the greatest thing I can do for them.



  1. This is a great post. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day, friend!

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