Thought for the Day:
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:25-30 ESV
There are various ways we celebrate and salute our mothers on Mother’s Day. Among those treasures of thoughtfulness are fresh cut flowers, potted plants, helping put mulch around landscaping, or possibly a gift of jewelry. Still others might simply spend an afternoon just chatting and giving mom their undivided attention.
Regardless of the manner in which you celebrated this special day in the past, this year might be your first without your mom’s physical presence, or perhaps your first encounter where mom no longer knows who you are. In other words, Mother’s Day is going to be a bit different. Growing up in a church setting, my remembrances of Mother’s Day always included a special message from the pastor on the value of a godly mother. The pews were filled with moms and their children. It might not be the normal seating arrangement for the children on a Sunday morning, but on Mother’s Day there was an exception. Children recognized the significance of this special day and gave up sitting with friends as a gift to mom. Daddy always made sure my mom had a beautiful corsage to wear and she beamed as she was asked to stand in recognition with other mothers in the congregation as a tribute to the godly woman she has always been to us.
Living away from home and with Mom’s birthday two weeks before Mother’s Day, it’s been quite a few years since we’ve been in church together on this special day. Mom is now in a nursing home with growing dementia, Daddy’s gone home to be with the Lord and us kids, well, we are spread out and seldom are in the same place at the same time. My husband has tried to continue the traditional way I remember Mother’s Day being celebrated, but with our children living away and life being busy we are not always together on this day. But my favorite gift is one of time with each of my children and the most special gift of all are those occasions when they are sitting next to me on Sunday morning of Mother’s Day. That, to me, is the greatest gift of honor I could receive.
Church pews are seemingly growing a bit empty these days of mothers with their children on Mother’s Day. Due to distance and life in general, church doesn’t seem to be a high priority as a way to celebrate mom. In fact, it appears sufficient to simply present a card with a gift card tucked inside so mom can pick out a gift for herself. If I couldn’t get to my mom for Mother’s Day I always tried to have flowers sent. I do understand in greater depth what mom meant when asked about a gift for her. She would just say, “You don’t have to buy me anything. Let’s just sit and talk for a while.” Such a simple request I wish I had realized the importance of sitting and chatting. It didn’t cost a thing, but truly made mom’s day a special Mother’s Day!
Father God, thank you for our mothers. They are a gift of empathy, support, encouragement, courage and strength. May we express our love in countless ways before we are no longer able to do so. Thank you for the faith and love our Christian mothers have for the Lord Jesus and for sharing that love with us, their children. May we be faithful in passing it along to future generations. In Jesus’ name, Amen!