Motherly Love

Mother’s Day is a mixed bag holiday. Hmmm, I guess pretty much every holiday is a mixed bag of emotions, cultural expectations and rituals. But Mother’s Day often places women on a pedestal, mostly an unwanted and highly perfection-laced place where no one can stand. It’s a holiday that leaves out women or destroys those who’ve lost children and/or lost their mothers. It’s a lot of pressure. Pressure for women. Pressure for children. Pressure for men.

Anne Lamott writes, “No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother’s Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture’s bad people and behavior. You want to give me chocolate and flowers? That would be great. I love them both. I just don’t want them out of guilt, and I don’t want them if you’re not going to give them to all the people who helped mother our children.”

And yet, here we are trying to figure out a way to honor women. Women who “mother” us by loving the way Jesus talks about – from a place of being chosen and the root command to love one another (John 15:9-17). Women who have physically given birth; and women who by their very God given nature comfort and nurture those around them.

May we honor the way God created women and remember, bless and love the women among us who serve us; the women who teach us; the women who listen; the women who comfort; the women who nurse; the women who mourn; the women who put their lives on the line for us; the women behind the scenes; and the women whose love makes us feel at home.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. to celebrate “motherly” love and remind one another that Jesus chose us.

Grace and peace,

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