So, we have just celebrated our first Mother’s Day while in quarantine, and hopefully it will be our last holiday celebrated in quarantine! I am sure for most of us this Mather’s Day was a unique experience! Normally Mother’s Day is full of time spent with mom, going to church, and taking mom out to eat somewhere nice. In fact, I remember hearing someone once say that Mother’s Day is the biggest day of the year for many restaurants. As much time as many moms spend in the kitchen a restaurant is a welcome interruption to the normal flow of life. We set aside a day each year to honor our mothers and to try and ensure they know how appreciated they are. It is a good and biblical thing to do. After all God does command us throughout scripture to honor our parents, and this is nowhere more clearly seen than in the Ten Commandments.
As I think about this, I am reminded that I have been blessed with a mom who has always sought to be supportive of me throughout life (even when I was a knucklehead), and as a result to honor her is the least I can do. Not only that, but now I have the blessing of having a wife who is a phenomenal mother to our six children. So, this time each year causes me to reflect on just how much I am thankful for these women in my life, and how much I owe them for all they do.
However, as I type these words, I am also reminded that for some Mother’s Day can be difficult. It is a day that brings up bad memories or hard memories. For others Mother’s Day is a reminder of what they long to be, but have been unable to experience. As a result of these realities, this day is a day that is not necessarily anticipated or celebrated, but instead is a day they can’t wait to get past. As a pastor these realities always weigh heavy on my heart when we celebrate holidays that have lots of emotions attached to them. I have learned over the years that for every person who wants to joyfully celebrate a holiday there is another that struggles to find joy because of realities we often don’t think about. As a result, each year I am reminded that scripture calls us in Romans 12:15 to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” So, as a church may we remember this call, and look for ways to not only celebrate with others, but also to walk alongside of others in their grief and heartache.
As you read this today, please know that we rejoice with you as you have and continue to celebrate the mother’s in your life, but we also weep with those who are walking through a difficult and hard season. With that being said, I am so thankful that we have a God who is present in the midst of our pain, and in the midst of our rejoicing. I am thankful that we have a God who calls us to find our strength and joy in Him no matter the circumstances of our life! May we each seek to do that today, and may we never forget the nearness of our God, and the comfort and strength that enables us to walk through all seasons of life. For all the mothers at NSBC know we are thankful for you, and praise God for your influence in the lives of so many. For all of those who find pain in difficulty at this time each year, know we mourn with you and are here for you in any way we can be. Also, know that we praise God for you, and your influence in our lives as well.
See you soon,