An Unbroken Home
We hear a lot these days about ‘broken homes’ and the emotional destruction caused to our culture because of them.
Fatherlessness is at an all-time high and it continues to rise. So many children are being raised without fathers in our inner cities that the fiber of society has come undone and violence and disrespect for authority of any kind are rampant.
Families have been redefined by broken relationships, and multi-parent families are numerous, and certainly accepted as normal. How could they not be?
The marriage covenant, (the very thing God designed to bring stability to society, and to the family,) has been shredded to such an extent it may as well not exist – at least not as far as the common man is concerned. (And what about Christians?)
Throughout all this change to the family, and all the upheaval the disunity of the family has caused, there has generally remained one constant: the mother. The mom. Somehow, some way, when all else is crumbling, we more often than not find the mother remaining and bringing the ingredient of constancy to the home the family so urgently needs. Stability in the storm, even if the storms continue to rage.
But what is a mother to do? (Especially in light of all the brokenness, and all the burden and responsibility designed to be shared in partnership.) It has been said, “a woman’s work is never done,” and this is more-true in this era of so-called equality and women choosing to – or being required to – work outside the home than ever before.
A mother’s work is never done. Various people at various times have sought to define what a mother’s work is. Some have defined it in economic terms, revealing to us by man-hour equations how much money a mother would earn if she was paid for all she does in the home. Of course, these days we hear women cannot afford to be “just housewives,” and even the title of ‘housewife’ is dismissive by being coupled with the word ‘just.’ How sad for society, and how troublesome for any woman who defines her significance by her outside-the-home employment. The burden of this is tremendous, and has only hastened the brokenness we find in too-high a percentage of homes.
Various scholars and intellectuals studying the problems rampant in our society and the potential for brokenness in every home, (let alone those already broken,) have come up with various solutions to the problems. But the problem is they don’t know what the problem is.
What is a mother to do? Listen to the wise words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which can be applied specifically, but also generally – and these words need to be applied in these days as much as at any time in history. Of Jesus, her Son, Mary said, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5) (And these are Mary’s final recorded words in the Bible.)