“A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised, give her the reward she has earned” (Proverbs 31:30-31)
The world is celebrating Mother’s Day as usual on a large scale and I’m so happy that The Peoples Church in Sri Lanka is also celebrating our mothers at our services on May 13th.
I would like to take a moment to salute ALL mothers through this post and to thank you for the excellent commitment shown towards your children and family. Thank you also to all who have enriched our family through your friendship and your prayers.
However, I also want to remember some people to whom Mother’s Day may not be an easy day to handle. They are;
- Those wanting to be a mother but who for some reason have not had the opportunity. It’s not an easy place to be in, but I’m pretty sure you have mothered a lot of children anyway, through the love in your heart, and I recognize that. Please read the link below for an article by Pastor Ron Edmondson. “A Happy Mother’s Day Tribute to the Mother Who Has No Children“
I also know that we have a God who hears and answers prayer and you can take your need to Him in prayer, as Hannah did (1 Samuel 1:10-11).
On the other hand, many couples I know decided to adopt 1 or more children and I have seen the amazing blessing the children have been to them and the joy they have brought into the parents’ lives.
- People whose mothers have passed away. Let me encourage you to remember and treasure the memories. Thank God today for their lives, their love, their influence and their sacrifices. As a man of God said, “As time goes by, we can remember our loved ones less with grief and more with gratitude”
- Mothers who have lost a child. Only a mother or parent who has gone through such an agonizing situation can understand the pain. And of course, Jesus can. If Jesus’ mother Mary was alive today, she would also be able to identify with your pain, for she knew only too well the pain involved as she witnessed her Son being brutally killed (John 19:25-27). Mary I am sure was a mother to the apostle John thereafter.
On this day, let’s pay tribute to all mothers, young and old and let’s also celebrate all women. Let’s honor them and be thankful for how much the world has been enriched through them! The Bible says, “Treat… older women as mothers and younger women as sisters…” (1Timothy 5:1-2)