Monday, May 11, 2009

Tribute to the Feminine Aspect of Our God

This is a picture of the "Eye of God," taken by NASA with the hubble telescope shows a nebula.

Yesterday, we celebrated Mother’s Day. Even though it is commercial or more secular holiday, we can also celebrate it from a principled point of view by honoring all of our blessed mothers and most of all, our mother God.

Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Father Moon said in many of his speeches that the most important relationship is the one between God as our parent and we being His children. From another aspect, if we think of God as the creator, the subject, outpouring energy, creative and forceful, then the creation appears in the feminine role being responsive, objective, and soft with all its curves and grooves. In creation we can recognize many aspects of the motherly side of God. Think of mother nature as nurturing and life giving. Images of women representing mother earth, and mother nature, are timeless. In prehistoric times, goddesses were worshipped for their association with fertility, reproduction, AND agricultural bounty. The word nature originates from Latin meaning giving birth.
When we reflect on the attribute of a mother, God’s love comes to mind. In the bible,

I Cor. 13:4-7 “Love is defined as patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."

A Mother is very kind to her child. You are freer with your mother than with anybody else. It is the mother who protects you, nourishes you, consoles you, cheers you and nurses you. She is the one you first perceive. She sacrifices her all for the sake of her children.
A female executive who functions as a mother can maintain harmonious relationships and excel as an executive, because in the sensitivity of the female mode of nurturing she does not compete with men nor intimidate other women.
It is in maternity that woman fulfills her physiological destiny; it is her natural 'calling,' since her whole organic structure is adapted for the perpetuation of the species.

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."
-- George Washington (1732-1799)

I just recently went to see my mother in Germany. She turned 84 on May 4, 2009. We were sharing a lot and I gained a greater respect and love for my mother during that time. My mother had a difficult life, being abandoned by her dad, who committed suicide, at the age of 3. Her mother made a life for herself and her daughter during a time when women didn't enter the workforce. They both survived WWII, but lost all their possessions during a bombing of their hometown in 1945. My parents married during the war and build an existence for themselves in East Germany. In 1961 they escaped to West Germany, just two months before the wall was build. For the love of freedom they left everything behind.
My parents had a few more years together, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary by gathering their four children. Rather than going on a long deserved honeymoon, they invited all of us to a trip to the Alps in Southern Germany. My dad passed away in 1986, never experiencing the reunification of Germany which happened on November 9, 1989. The week I spend with her we prepared for her move to the nursing home. She decided to leave everything behind again, except for some personal belongings.
Despite all that, she still has a resiliency that is remarkable and inspiring. She has an attitude of “things will work out.” The amazing thing is I could never talk to her about spiritual matters or live after death.

This is a picture of my sister, mother and me, two years ago.

"M" is for the million things she gave me,

"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be, Put them all together, they spell
"MOTHER,"A word that means the world to me.
--Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Restoration of the mother's role
Throughout history, God has been working his providence of restoration, to bring about a pure lineage. The mother's role was helped through the mother-son cooperation.
In the inaugural address of the Family Federation for World Peace, Mother Moon says:
Satan sowed the seed of false love within the womb of Eve, which gave birth to evil life. Therefore, God needed to purify a mother’s womb from which the heavenly son could be born. That purification period of separation from Satan had to begin at the time of conception and continue to age forty, so even though Jacob was victorious he did not meet that criteria. The great mother who assumed the responsibility to meet this condition was Tamar.
Tamar deceived her Father-in-law Judah and conceived Perez and Zerah.
On this foundation, the Holy Mother Mary emerged in the mainstream of God’s Providence. We all know that Mary conceived Jesus. She had to achieve something that could not be understood by common sense, nor easily tolerated under the laws of her times.

“A man is a representative of True Father, and a woman a representative of True Mother. If a husband neglects his wife, therefore, this means that he neglects True Mother. If a wife tells a lie to her husband, this means that she tells a lie to God.” ~ The way of God’s will

This mother's day we want to remember all the mothers today and throughout history. Mother's have sacrificed and suffered a lot. Not until the position of the first mother, Eve, has been restored can mothers fully enjoy their role and be the true expression of God's femininity.

“The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

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