Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
May 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM
ALoving Mother
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday May 10, 2015
A Loving Mother
“...give the child to her so that it live...” 1st Kings 3:26
There are four annually observed family Sundays. 
They are Mother’s Day, Youth Day, Father’s Day, and 
Grandparents’ Day. While all of these occasions are 
enshrined with sentimentality, Mother’s Day stands 
along with its arrays of feelings, adoration, and lamentation. 
In keeping with the historic sermon focus for the 
2nd Sunday in May, the one today will follow that traditios; 
hence, it has been entitled, A Loving Mother. The sermon 
is undergirded by the following considerations, namely: 
some biblical mothers, motherhood in America, and the 
precarious nature of Black motherhood. 
Prior to examining these parameters, attention is 
directed to two supportive relevant dimensions of the 
subject; they are the concept mother and, secondly, the 
scriptural anchor for the sermon. The word, mother, from 
a biological perspective refers to a female who has given 
birth to a child. Over the years, several different terms 
have been used to designate mother related configurations, 
some of which are: step mother, surrogate mother, God 
mother, foster mother, and even play mother. Each of these 
types carries varying boundaries of obligation, but within 
the properly functioning biological mother, is found the 
superb pattern of commitment to and service for the child. 
The second background consideration is that of the 
scriptural anchor for the sermon. As noted in the textual 
reading, it is lifted from the 1st Kings Chapter 3:16-28. 
Therein is found the account of King Solomon’s method for 
solving the problem in which two women, each of whom, 
claimed motherhood of the live child. In the meantime, the 
child of one mother had died and each wanted the child who 
was yet alive. The issue was brought to King Solomon who 
wisely proposed a solution for the mothers. His approach 
quickly yielded the true mother who, as the sermon’s 
subject stipulates was “A Loving Mother”. In the meantime, 
the King’s approach will be presented later in the sermon, 
but attention will now be focused on the earlier listed 
concerns, the first of which is some biblical mothers. As 
noted in the Bible, Eve is the first mother in the creation 
process. She was a low profiled mother; she gave birth to 
Cain and later Abel. Later after Cain murdered Abel, Eve 
gave birth to her third, and final, child Seth. ( Gen. 4:25 ). 
Other Old Testament mothers selected for inclusion 
herein include: Sarah, who at age ninety, was informed by 
Abraham that God had promised them a son to be named 
Isaac; Rebekah, another mother, was one of deceit for she 
encouraged and assisted Jacob in deceiving his father 
Isaac thereby causing him to give Esau’s/ to him; Hannah 
was a barren woman who prayed to God for a male child 
and promised to give him unto the Lord. She later bore 
a son whose name was Samuel. The third Old Testament 
configuration consisted of two harlots one of whom baby’s 
had died and a confrontation occurred as to whom was 
the mother of the living baby. ( Solomon’s solution ) 
The saga of motherhood also continued into the New 
Testament. There was Elizabeth the mother of John the 
Baptist who unborn child leap within upon her hearing the 
news that Mary, a relative of hers, would become the 
mother of Jesus. There was the Syro-Phoenician mother 
who child was plagued by a grievous mental problem; 
she approached Jesus for a cure. Initially, he seemed to 
insult the mother but she prevailed nonetheless. Hence, 
he granted her request and the daughter was healed. 
The fourth mother for inclusion herein was “... the mother 
of Zebedee’s children...” She requested that her “...two 
sons may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on 
the the left, in thy kingdom.” 
In summation on selective Biblical mother types, it was 
disclosed that mothers’ have different agendas, needs, and 
approaches as they cope with the numerous roles of 
motherhood. This fact leads to the second dimension of the 
sermon which is - Motherhood in America. 
Since the beginning of Slavery in America ( 1619 ), 
motherhood in America has had a dual pattern of 
motherhood. From its settlement in 1607 to 1617, the 
family structure was white, patriarchal, religious, and 
familistic. With the introduction of slavery, there emerged 
a second family type; it was known as the slave family. That 
structure was fragmented, subjected to sale of family 
members, recurring births of children fathered by the 
white men, and widespread deprivations of children in 
regard to education and other experiences associated 
with a democratic society. The recent film, The Butler, 
vividly depicted the inhuman and precarious nature of 
the slave family. Although that system ended in 1863, 
there yet remains obvious signs of it lingering as Hamlet’s 
ghost. While the contemporary American system is yet 
permeated with both obvious and latent codes and 
practices that restrict, if not exclude, all inhabitants from 
enjoying the “fruit” of democracy, it must be acknowledged 
that some of the impediments come from within the minority 
population. This assertion leads to the third consideration 
which is a topic lifted from a classic study on the Black 
Family authored by Robert Staples therein is found the 
expression “The Death of Black Motherhood”. He was both 
disturbed by the increasing frequency of single motherhood 
and lamented the apparent indifference of young black 
women regarding their choice of lifestyle. This pastor shares 
the same perception as that of Staples. Documentation to 
support this problem include: widespread substance abuse, 
sexual promiscuity, multiple out of wedlock babies, a street 
walking lifestyle, no visible socially approved employment, 
and no interest in pursuing job preparation skills. Despite 
the prevalence of this sad commentary on young black 
motherhood, there is yet hope for the babies. The safety 
for them is found in the Black Grandmother who becomes 
the surrogate parent in both training and supporting the 
grandchild. Beloved, we can prayerfully acknowledge that 
not a single female in our fellowship chose that lifestyle- 
go God be the glory! Additionally, let us be thankful for 
those committed grandmothers who form the safety net 
for their grandchildren. 
To bring this 2015 Mother’s Day sermon to a close, 
the following thoughts are herein submitted for your 
utilization, if judged of interest: 
1. “No language can express the power, and beauty, 
and heroine of a mother’s love’ ’ 
2. A Scriptural reference - Proverbs 31"28 

3. A Poem - Mother, o, Mine - Kipling 
4. Song - “...If I could my mother pray again 

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