“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
This morning, I heard a wonderful, hope-filled message on Mother’s Day, from a woman who wasn’t even a Mom. Then I spent the afternoon with my family. It was a special day but then, every day is when I’m with them. Cliché? Maybe, but as the days pass by faster and faster all the time, these moments as mommy become more and more precious.
Today, my husband and kids honoured me and I’m grateful for that. Of course we honour mothers, mothers-in-law and grandmothers today too. For me, it goes beyond that.
Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on all of the women in my life who have contributed to making me the person I am today. Not all of these women are mothers themselves but each has played a very special role in my life. They say it takes a community to raise a child and the role of mother can be played by many. Maybe you’ve been nurtured by other relatives, sisters, teachers, youth leaders, pastors, close friends or others. Take a minute to let them know how much you have appreciated their influence in your life. If that’s not possible, think about how you can pay it forward to a young person you know now.
I’ve also been reminded lately that Mother’s Day can be tough for many women. Maybe they grieve the loss or estrangement of a mother or child, or were never able to experience the joy of becoming a mother. Maybe their own years of motherhood are or were not a happy time. Whatever the reason, remember them today too. Give those ladies a special hug or prayer today to let them know they are not forgotten.
No matter who you are celebrating or are celebrated by, I hope you have a wonderful day!
Who do you honour on Mother’s Day?