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13 Passages to Read on Mother’s Day

This article is part of the Passages to Read series.

1. Proverbs 31:25–31

Strength and dignity are her clothing,
      and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
      and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
      and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
      her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
      but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
      but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
      and let her works praise her in the gates.

2. Colossians 3:12–15

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

3. 2 Timothy 1:3–5

I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

4. Psalm 113:9

He gives the barren woman a home,
      making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the LORD!

5. Leviticus 19:2–3

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God."

6. 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

7. Ephesians 5:1–2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

8. Proverbs 6:20–22

My son, keep your father’s commandment,
      and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
Bind them on your heart always;
      tie them around your neck.
When you walk, they will lead you;
      when you lie down, they will watch over you;
      and when you awake, they will talk with you.

9. Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

10. Isaiah 40:28–31

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
      the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
      his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
      and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
      and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
      they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
      they shall walk and not faint.

11. Colossians 3:1–3

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

12. Ephesians 6:1–3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

13. 1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.


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