Words from the Heart for Sunday May 9th, 2021
Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.
Genesis 3:20 (NLT)
Mother of All
Ten years ago, a Toronto-based businessman had the idea of erecting a 24-metre statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It would depict a grieving mother with her arms outstretched towards Europe, to honour Canada’s war dead. Behind the movement was Tony Trigiani, and the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation, which aimed to raise $25 million needed to build what was dubbed “Mother Canada.” In 2016 Parks Canada put an end to the project, but there are many who are still hopeful.
Happy Mother’s Day. Today is a very special day. The Bible is filled with commands to honour mothers and examples of those who did. In fact, the command to honour mothers is the first command in the Bible that came with a promise – those who do will live long in the land. The first mention of mothers in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:20 which says, “Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.” The name Eve is derived from the Hebrew word chavah, which means to breathe, or chayah, to live or to give life. Scientists tell us that if you trace back the DNA in the maternally inherited mitochondria within our cells, all humans have a common ancestor. They call her “mitochondrial Eve.” As a result, all humans today can trace their mitochondrial DNA back to her. Once again, the Bible proves to be correct – Eve was so named because she would be the mother of all who live. You can’t thank Eve for being the mother of all human beings, but if your own mother is still alive, take time to honour her today.
These have been words from the heart.