Welcoming. Nurturing. Serving.
For some, Mother’s Day is difficult. It can make all too poignant the recent death of a mother, or the deep sadness of not being able to have children, or the reality of a mother whose parenting has left scars and pain. Because of this, some churches avoid talking about it in Sunday services. I understand that, having experienced birth loss myself a couple of times.
But there is a time and place to thank God for those women who have mothered us through our lives. The Gospel of John talks about the relationship between Jesus and God, who Jesus called “Father.” It was so close that Jesus said, “If you know me, you will know the Father also.” Are there women in your life who were so close to God, that they showed God’s love in their daily lives? Think about the women close to you, now or in the past, who have helped you grow up in faith, becoming the person you are today. You might bring that person with you, in your heart, or literally, to church with you on Sunday. We will give thanks for these special women.