My dear children, I feel the pains of birth upon me again, and I will continue in labor for you until the Anointed One is formed completely in you. –Galatians 4:19
If St. Paul can know what it’s like to birth and raise children from a spiritual standpoint, I think all of us can celebrate Mother’s Day without shame or regret.
Mother’s Day looks great in a greeting card. But, real life rarely looks so functional and pretty. A friend of mine and I privately came up with ‘honest’ Mother’s Day card sentiments. Things like: “Happy Mother’s Day to my mom who taught me to feel so guilty in life. My therapist thanks you!” Or: “Thanks, Mom, for exemplifying a strong woman to me. A woman of strong character and fashion sense. It’s not every woman who can pull off a red flowered shower cap in a motel swimming pool. My therapist thanks you!”
NONE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED SENTIMENTS HAVE ANY BASIS IN MY OWN UPBRINGING.
I LOVE YOU, MAMA!
And now, with my 3 adult (well, semi-adult) children, they give me some fodder for ‘honest’ sentiments. My just-married daughter has multiple commitments today and my older son has finals that he has to study for, so I’m told we’ll celebrate later in the week. But, my 19-year-old son will live in infamy for many years to come. Here’s the conversation:
Son: I have to work on Mother’s Day.
Son: Yeah. The restaurant expects a lot of people to come in with their moms to celebrate.
Me: REALLY? Huh!
Son: (looks at me completely perplexed) Oh, did you want to do something?
Yes, Happy Mother’s Day to all who nurture, sacrifice, love, and give companionship to others.
I hope for those that feel the weight of this day, you will find comfort in this prayer I found online by Amy Young. Often, churches overlook the many stories of the Bible’s women. At least today, find yourself a hero in one of these women who understood whatever circumstances you walk in. May you feel encouraged that God doesn’t overlook your story.
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