Maybe one of you can help me out. I’ve been thinking about Martin Luther saying that the office of marriage itself has something of a power, like a draw toward good. A person might look at a wedding ring and remember he or she should be faithful. That sort of thing. What I wonder is whether there is a parallel in parenting. On one hand, I believe a child naturally elicits love. Can the love be rejected? Yes. But I think parenthood likewise inspires love, even if that love can be rejected. Can you think of any quotes or thoughts about such a vocational office pull?
All vocation comes from God, from His Word, within creation, etc. Except a few vocations are not His. I ponder that. He is not a wife or mother. He is more than a mother. And, He is simply other than a wife.
Motherhood can be idolized. Perhaps because its an example of naturally occuring self-sacrifice. Obviously we see just how well society approves of self-sacrifice! Sigh.
I don’t know whether I’m expressing myself clearly, but it may be that I see wife and mother as particularly human vocations. As such . . . should motherly love be abstracted? A bizarre thing to wonder, I know, but its sort of like the topic has touched my head, my heart, my training, and I’m philosophically (?) torn. The church should promote family vocations: yes. But mercy has to recognize how broken family relationships have become.
Or is love itself, which is perfect, holy, and of God why we can either experience or imagine such glowing praise about the idea of motherhood? Our recognition of the goodness of love? Then, we, as fallen humans, simply lack love far, far too often, including mothers.
Anyway, I’d welcome your thoughts as I appear to be going around in circles with my own. 🙂 As tends to happen, particularly as I too wish summer break could get here a little quicker! And, any recommendations about a vocational office pull?
PS. And, of course, this is made more complicated because non-believers do not recognize God’s Word so they would not see themselves as “called.” Still, God works through them in similar fashion, clothing, feeding, etc.