A Pastorally Wise Approach to Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day, while a blessed celebration for many, is a painful reminder to those struggling with infertility, with the loss of children or mothers, with wayward children, etc.  Today in church, our current church placed the following text in the bulletins to show love for all women on Mother’s Day.  As Christians, we must recognize the importance of not only what we are saying, but what we’re unintentionally saying as well.

Our Mothers

To those who gave birth this year to their first child–we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year–we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains–we appreciate you

To those who experience loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away–we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment–we walk with you.  Forgive us when we say foolish things.  We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms–we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your child–we celebrate with you.

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children–we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year–we grove with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother–we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood–we are better for having you in our midst

To those who will have emptier nest in the upcoming year–we grieve and rejoice with you

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising–we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you.

Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst.  We remember you.


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