In the movie Hook, as Peter Pan rescues his daughter Maggie from the villainous pirate's ship, she shouts at her captor, "You need a mother very, very badly!"
Her insightful words highlight the need and rich potential of spiritual nurturing in our real world where many are starving for loving care and guidance.
Equally tragic are the unmet longings of many women whose maternal instincts have not been fulfilled due to their marital situation or challenges with infertility. "Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick" (Proverbs 13:12 MSG), related the wise King Solomon with an understanding of the deep longings of the human soul.
The heartbreak of infertility keeps some women home from church on Mother's Day Sunday because their dream of parenthood is being held captive. Yet God brings a word of hope through the prophet Isaiah:
"Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby. Fill the air with song, you who've never experienced childbirth. You're ending up with far more children than all those childbearing women. God says so" (Isaiah 54:1 MSG).
Cora E. Bailey, Moira's kindergarten teacher, was never a wife or mother, but she influenced generations of children during her long career in education. She was still "Miss Bailey" when God called her home on August 6, 1998, at age 89. Miss Bailey was the person who framed her childhood.
Luke 6:40 says a pupil will be like their teacher. Guess where Moira's passion for "show and tell" came from? Kindergarten was her earliest preparation for a career in broadcasting! For 40 years, she had made a career of listening to people's stories. But more important, Miss Bailey was the first consistent model of God's unconditional love in her life.
"Those who model authenticity, dedication, and a genuine love for others shape the future of our world, even when they're not aware of it" (Chuck Swindoll).
Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends, Neighbours, Co-workers, Teachers - so many need a safe place, a person of refuge in a cold, uncaring world. People are not looking for a perfect person who will impress them; they're looking for an unselfish person who will love them.
Is God asking you to be a "Miss Bailey" to bring His hug to someone who needs it "very, very, badly?"
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