So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the LORD enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the LORD, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”
Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.
This is the genealogical record of their ancestor Perez:
Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram.
Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon.
Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz.
Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse.
Jesse was the father of David. (Ruth 4:13-22 NLT)
Okay, so this is a pretty fitting passage for Mother’s Day, don’t you think so? Of course, ancient lineage is traced through the father and that is how this chapter ends; however, It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that there are two very influential, very godly women in this story.
The blessing that the other women pronounce over Naomi and her new grandson is incredible! It’s worth reiterating, “Praise the LORD, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”
The influence of godly mom’s on the lives of children cannot be overlooked or undervalued. The strength of our families, our church, our community, our nation, and our world is reflected in the lives of our children. Let’s be honest, the values that our children have and their conduct is by and large a reflection of the influence of their mothers and grandmothers.
I’m thankful for my mom and the biblical foundation she built into my character. She provided nurturing that dad wasn’t built for. She laid a foundation of love for God and others which carries into my life today. She pointed me in the direction of godliness and through her guidance helped me develop into a man of deep faith. I’m eternally grateful for that!
Mom’s, never underestimate your value. Never let the thought come into your mind, “I’m just a mom.” Your influence in the lives of your children will shape the course of generations. You never know who you children will influence, who they will grow to be, or what their children will accomplish.
Thank you, God, for godly moms!