Thoughts for Mother’s Day
As we celebrate this Mother’s Day, may we be reminded and consider the many realities that are true today:
– Jesus Christ is the most important person in the world
– Mothers and their faithfulness are essential to God’s plan for the family
– women in our midst are unappreciated by their families
– women in our midst want recognition from people rather than from God
– women in our midst have many children, have been blessed with fertility, and are blessed by our support of their endeavors
– women in our midst have had abortions, are single, struggle with infertility, and feel less of a woman by not being a mother
– not all women will have children or want to have children
– all women are called to disciple others, in particular, older women and younger women
– women in our midst have children that are following the Lord in obedience
– women in our midst have children living in rebellion and indifference to the Lord
As people redeemed by God, we are meant to see Mother’s day not in isolation, but as integrated into the personhood of Jesus Christ. For those who celebrate motherhood, it’s blessing and it’s goodness, we and God celebrate with you. For those who mourn on Mother’s day, who are reminded of pain, who can’t wait for it to be over, we and Jesus weep with you. Jesus himself promises to be greater than the brokenness. He promises to save. He welcomes your doubts, as one who is gentle and lowly in heart. Below is a reflection from Bryan Polivka that catches up our view of motherhood into the image of Christ.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those
who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
Here is the cry of Jesus’ heart, God’s heart, and he expresses it as a mother’s
love and desire for her young. An amazing thing for a male Jewish leader in that
culture, one in which women were generally considered weak and unworthy.
God is the Father, true, but He also created motherhood. And here we see that
there are cries of the soul that reach into the deepest heart of God, that only a
mother’s love can accurately reflect.
And before we assume that unless you’re a mother you can’t know about this…
we need to remember that Jesus was in fact not a mother, but male, unmarried,
and without children… so motherhood is clearly not just a situation of life that
some experience and others don’t. Rather, it’s a place deep in the soul where all
of us who follow Jesus, and want to be like Him, and are alive in His Spirit, can
and should go. A place from which all of us can and should live.
Motherhood is that place from which we look out and see our children, our
families, our brothers and sisters, our friends, our neighbors, and even our
enemies… with a great, deep longing and compassion. A desire that they would
know, and revel in, the love and security and heartfelt joy that only Jesus offers
“How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her
chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling.”
May we all, always, have the mother’s heart that is the heart of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.