It’s all about mom.

The tradition of celebrating mothers and motherhood has been around for quite awhile. Though beliefs about motherhood have varied widely, many cultures have marked entry into motherhood with ceremonies or have held annual festivals to honor mothers. The ancient Greeks had an annual festival to Rhea, the mother of the gods, when motherhood itself was celebrated. And in Christian tradition, motherhood was marked with traditions such as the Churching of Women—a ceremony for blessing women after their surviving and recovering from childbirth. Continue reading the History of Mother’s Day here

Mother’s Day as a holiday brings up a lot of stuff. It’s “too commercial”. The price of flowers, cards and brunch go way up. Not to mention the fact that we have complicated relationships with our moms. We’ve lost mom. Being a mom is hard. Not being a mom can be sad. Why just one day to celebrate mom?

Bill Hybels says vision leaks. It means we forget or get distracted from that which we want to focus on or remember. A ritual helps us to remember. God knows us better than we know ourselves and God helped God’s people establish annual times of remembrance and celebration such as the Passover. Mother’s Day is a reminder that God gives us moms and other women to care for and nurture us. Read here about Moms in the Bible. 

Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating moms in worship and thanking God for our moms, grandmas, aunts, aunties, mentors, neighbors, friends and all the women God has given us to remind us of God’s great love for us. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30 to join us.

Grace and peace,

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