Charles Spurgeon remembering his mother…

Mother’s Day is a joyful day for some, and a sad day for others, depending on your particular circumstances. Either way, it usually causes us all to look back through the years and reflect on our mothers and the impact they have had on us. We see even the great 19th century Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon as a grown man reflect back and consider the impact of his own mother, especially in regard to the care of his soul.

Spurgeon once wrote this about his mother’s faithful example:

It was the custom, on Sunday evenings, while we were yet little children, for her to stay at home with us, and then we sat round the table, and read verse by verse, and she explained the Scripture to us. After that was done, then came the time of pleading; there was a little piece of Alleine’s Alarm, or of Baxter’s Call to the Unconverted, and this was read with pointed observations made to each of us as we sat round the table; and the question was asked, how long it would be before we would think about our state, how long before we would seek the Lord. Then came a mother’s prayer, and some of the words of that prayer we shall never forget, even when our hair is grey. I remember, on one occasion, her praying thus: “Now Lord, if my children go on in their sins, it will not be from ignorance that they perish, and my soul must bear

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a swift witness against them at the day of judgment if they lay not hold of Christ.” That thought of a mother’s bearing swift witness against me, pierced my conscience, and stirred my heart.

Mom’s be encouraged by this remembrance. You often do not know the impact you make, but God does and uses it often to bring lasting spiritual fruit. Be encouraged this Sunday. Be thankful. Strive by God’s grace to be a faithful example as Spurgeon’s mother was.

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