A child’s problems are as big and threatening to a child as adult problems are to us. When I was a kid and some cloud was darkening my life, my mother always reminded me that the sun is still shining. The next time Ascension and Mother’s Day come so closely, that could be the beginning of a sermon.
Sunday we will honor our mothers, and we who have been blessed with godly mothers will take time to thank God for them. Yesterday the Church observed Ascension Day. Forty days after Easter Jesus led the disciples to Bethany, gave a few final and significant commands, “and when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). That cloud removed His visible presence from our eyes, but the mothers we honor strove to make us “see” the Son through the eyes of faith. “Though you do not now see him, you believe in him” (1 Peter 1:8).
That ascension cloud was also the Son’s reception into the full glory of God, glory laid aside when He came into this broken world to rescue us from ourselves. It was the cloud of God that had settled on Mt. Sinai, that led Israel through the wilderness, that settled in the Temple when it was dedicated, and that came upon Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Out of that cloud came the voice, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him” (Mark 9:8). That’s the cloud of God that received Jesus. “Jesus Christ…has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him” (1 Peter 3:22).
Godly mothers teach their children to see the Son through the clouds of life. “You fearful saints, fresh courage take; / The clouds you so much dread / Are big with mercy and will break / In blessings on your head” (Lutheran Service Book, 765, 5).