If department store floral arrangements and pastel colored displays haven’t given it away, Mother’s Day is this Sunday (May 12th, you still have time to find a card!) Pastor Craig asked me to specifically write a Mother’s Day post. I was honored! At first I thought I’d go the Proverbs 31 woman route, which would have been totally appropriate, but I wanted to take a more unexpected turn.
Have you ever considered how Moms are a lot like Jesus?
Moms have been giving up of themselves since our first mother Eve. Though a mother’s pain in childbearing – and, let’s be honest, child rearing – is a direct result of the Fall (Genesis 3: 16), Moms are still models of self-sacrificial love by the grace of God. Moms literally lay out their life in labor to bring a new life into the world. Moms unconditionally love little children who don’t yet understand how to love in return. Moms climb out of bed in the middle of the night to feed their babies and to make sure their teenagers are keeping out of trouble. Moms give up their free-time for play-time. Moms sacrifice their comfort, and often their well being, for that of their child’s. Moms give of themselves freely, fully, and daily.
A mother’s love – and all Christian love, as a matter of fact – stems from the fact that Christ first loved us (1 John 4:19).Christ gave freely, fully, and eternally of Himself on the cross.
Moms take their cues from Jesus.
I realize a post about motherhood is a sensitive thing. Maybe you had the best mom in the world and tell her everyday that you love her. Maybe you had a great mom and you can’t tell her how much you love her because she’s no longer on this Earth. Maybe you came from an abusive home and a mother who didn’t love you as I’ve described. Maybe you have a birth mother and an adoptive mother. No matter the case, Christ’s love heals every wound and completes every joy.
The Psalmist writes:
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
That is my prayer for you this Mother’s Day. May you have a calm and quiet soul and, like a weaned child with its mother, throw yourself upon the grace and mercy of Christ.
Amen, and Happy Mother’s Day.