“It’s a good day to thank God that He gave you a treasure that cannot be evaluated or assessed…That is the treasure of a precious Mother” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake found inspiration in a mother’s love for his Mother’s Day sermon titled, “A Woman, A Wife, A Mother.” He honored First Lady Mae L. Blake’s elegance and wisdom as a wife and mother, and shared some of her many contributions to the life of the church. An author, former principal and teacher at the West Angeles Christian Academy, “Lady Mae,” as she’s affectionately called, also designed the interiors of the West Angeles Cathedral and the North Campus multi-purpose building.
Bishop Blake also recognized every mother’s ability to do the extraordinary.
“Did you all see that mother in Baltimore (who pulled her son out of a riotous crowd and publicly disciplined him)? Thank you for every time you went upside our heads!” Bishop said. “If gangs are ever going to be extinct, it’s going to be because mothers put their foot down, and do like that lady did…She would not let him go, and I believe he’s a different young man now than the young man he was a few days before.”
Bishop continued by addressing all mothers and wives everywhere.
“Let me apologize to every mother who knows you have not been treated right. Let me apologize to every wife who was left behind…I know it’s been rough; I know it’s been tough, but let me inform you that there’s a God in Heaven, and you would not have made it this far without the Love of God.
“We love you, and we appreciate every diaper you changed, every bottle of milk you warmed…for every school visit you made…Come on, praise God for mothers!”
Below are some of our favorite quotes from Sunday’s sermon:
“The word of God tells us that the last item on God’s agenda of creation was woman. God looked at Adam and then found that none of the things that already existed could provide Adam with the…added aspects of existence that he needed.”
“They are placed on earth as helpers, not as inferior beings…not as mere tools or instruments, but as partners in the matter of life.”
“Woman was made out of man, so that man would esteem her and seek her welfare as he esteemed himself.”
“If he abased her and disrespected her, then he abased and disrespected himself. If he abused her, then he abused himself.”
“We’re supposed to be transformers – not conformers.”
“Men have understanding of the head. Women have understanding of the heart.”
“Within her being is that which correlates itself of the being of God and that which responds to a presence of God and that which cries out for communion with Almighty God.”
“Within her being is that which shall never die, that which is of inestimable value, that for which Jesus Christ died.”
“Brethren, I am prone to say that one of the greatest things that God ever did was to create women.”
“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“A man who does not understand and appreciate women cannot understand and appreciate a wife.”
“I don’t care what men say, I don’t care how foolish and old-fashioned the moral codes may seem to be…God’s plan is still the only right plan for regulating the relationships between men and women.”
“The Bible says, ‘Let every man have his own wife – not somebody else’s wife – and let every woman have her own husband.”
“Along the road of life, there is no greater privilege that one can find than having a wife.”
“(Jules) Michelet says, ‘To be a man in the true sense is, in the first place, and above all things is to have a wife.'”
“The man who has the greatest vision and fulfills the greatest dream, is the man whose wife has and sees his vision and dreams his dream with him.”
“The man who enjoys life most is the man who shares it with a lifetime partner.”
“L.M. Stretch said, ‘A good wife makes the cares of the world sit easy, and adds sweetness to its pleasure. She’s a man’s best companion in prosperity, and his best, if not his only friend in adversity. The most careful preserver of his health, and the kindest attendant on his sickness; a faithful advisor in distress, a comforter in affliction. How many of you know that a wife is all those things and more?”2
“A wife is the only one who sees you at your worst, and loves you for the best that is within you.”
“Fella, if you’re one of those guys who said, ‘I’m never going to get married. I’m going to stay single all my life,’ I feel sorry for you! You don’t know what you are missing! Somebody ought to say ‘AMEN!’”
“A woman reaches the highest level of excellence when she becomes a mother.”
“God could have created man by some other means. He could have had us hatch out of flowers or come up out of the water…but instead, God chose the means of a mother to bring us to the earth.”
“It’s on mother’s knee that he learns how to pray, learn how to conceive of almighty God”.
“If [the mother is] nervous and insecure, then to an extent, the child will be nervous and insecure…If the mother is peaceful and serene then the child will gain that same kind of confidence in life.”
“Napoleon said that the future destiny of children is always in the hands of the mothers. Someone else said that the future of society is in the hands of mothers.” 3
“If we’re to overcome evil, it’s because mothers unanimously stand to oppose the tide of evil that’s sweeping across our world.”
“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. What a miserable place the world would be if it were not for mothers who love Almighty God.”
“Today we ought to look toward God and lift up our eyes to God and say, ‘Thank you for mothers. Thank you for the institution of motherhood. Thank you for mothers who take their roles seriously and do their job well! Halleluiah!’”
“When you think about a mother’s love, you have to think about the love of Almighty God.”
“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.”
“A father will get stern on you. A father will get quiet on you…but mother would say, ‘Come on in here for a minute.”
“God says, ‘Child of God, the world may be overwhelming you and turning you away, but come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'”
“When folk stepped out – He stepped in.”
“You can’t go so far that the love of God cannot reach you.”
“No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or where you’ve been, God loves you. Look over at your neighbor and say, “God loves you!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Genesis 2:20, 3:20, Proverbs 31:30; Genesis 1:27; Romans 12:2, Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:25, 28; Hosea 11:1; John 3:16; Matthew 11:28-29.
1 Jules Michelet; “The People”. London: Charles Edmonds, 154 Strand, 1846.
2 L. M. Stretch ; “Beauties of History; Or, Pictures of Virtue and Vice, Drawn From real Life, designed for the instruction and Entertainment of Youth”. A New edition, Volume 1, London. Printed for J. Brambles, A. Meggitt, and J. Waters, by H. Mozely, Gainsborough. 1808.
3 ”Golden Hours for 1866. A Magazine for Sunday Reading” Edited by W. Meynell Whittemore, D.D.; page 7.