We don’t find the celebrations of Mother’s Day (USA) or Mothering Sunday (UK) in the Scriptures, but they certainly are good occasions for honouring our mums, and this God does command (Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:2).
For me this year, Mother’s Day, is a little different, and in a nice way. When I became a Christian in 1988 – wow I’m getting old – the Lord took us, as a family, away from where our extended family lived, and therefore away from my mum and dad (in the Shire in Sydney). But as you probably know, about five months ago, my mum moved to Cairns to live. And so this is the first Mother’s Day in a very long time that I will actually get to see my mum; it will be nice!
I suppose for us as a family here at TGS (The Good Shepherd), Mother’s Day means different things for different people. For some, it is a very busy day going from home to home seeing mums, grandmothers and great grandmothers. For others it might just be a phone call or two, and trying to remember the time difference! For some it is a time of sadness as our mum is no longer with us anymore – so we no longer have a mum to ring or see. For some it involves revisiting what usually is a difficult family reunion. For others it might bring to the surface again the fact that you haven’t been able to have a child and therefore be a mum, or haven’t even found a husband yet! And if you are a mum it hopefully involves being on the receiving end of a little pampering!
Yes, bottom line, Mother’s Day, is usually a day of many different feelings. What I try to do – and I stress the word ‘try’ – is be conscious and sensitive of this fact. And so, where I can and where I know, I try to be all things to all people to show love (Romans 12:15). And so for me, it is a day of trying to show empathy, not just a day to honour my mum.
May we also remember that even our Lord is like a mother to us, and so irrespective of how others might treat you, thoughtfully or not, may you experience the care and comfort of his loving arms.
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you. (God: Isaiah 66:13)
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