Daily Devotional – Honoring Our Parents

By on January 10, 2020
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from John 19: 23-27. If I knew then what I know now! One of the distinct characteristics of some cultures is the manner in which they look after the elderly. The elders are not only looked after, but their wisdom is sought after and valued by the younger members of the family.

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

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This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.”[a]

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

The fourth command in the law of Moses is “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12. In our scripture today, we see how Jesus was concerned for and made a plan for His mother. We can see the care and love that He had for her.

In western society and culture, we all live in separate homes. Living separate lives completely disjointed from our parents, children, and family. We have created our own personal world that serves the master of that world, ourselves. As a woman over 50, you are surely found herself pulled in 2 distinct directions. Your children and possible grandchildren are demanding your time and energy. While your elderly parents require your attention and nurturing too.

Consider your parent’s wisdom and thoughts. Reverend their words. Their love is pure and like no other. Honor them to the glory of God!

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you, God, for blessing me with my parents. I may not agree with everything and see eye to eye all the time, but You did provide them as my parents. Help me to forgive and love them so that Your name be honored and glorified. Help me to cherish them and each day that we have together.

In Jesus name

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Daily Devotional – Honoring Our Parents