Beloved in Christ,
Grace to you, and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome to worship! A Happy Mother’s Day to you. Most especially, of course, a Happy Mother’s Day to our mothers and all who have mothered us.
Today at worship we shall focus on the gifts mothers are to us. That is not to say that our mothers are perfect but rather it is to acknowledge their sacrifice and help on our behalf. We will celebrate a few of the mothers in the bible by lifting up the gifts they gave to their respective families and those around them.
While their gifts to us are certainly appreciated, today is a good day to consider our gifts to our mothers. We must be thoughtful to make sure that the gifts we give our mothers is meaningful to them. No doubt many mothers will receive flowers and cards today from their loved ones. It is a fine gesture, but could something else be more meaningful? Perhaps the gift of spending some quality time with the family might be better. Maybe verbally acknowledging what our mothers mean to us and letting them know how much we appreciate all they have done for us would be uplifting. What about a backrub or a gift certificate for stress-relieving massages and the like? Some of our mothers could use help just getting things done around the house. Ask them what would be helpful. Remember the gift is for them, not us. It must be meaningful to them.
Some husbands will rush out today and buy cards and chocolate for their children’s mother. In the end, though, I’m convinced that the best gift we can give to our wives on this mother’s day is to love them well in ways they find meaningful. Such gifts keep on giving. It will be returned to us many times over, to say nothing of the security it gives our children to know that their parents love each other.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… (Ephesians 5: 25). May every child, regardless of their age, rise and bless their mother.
Happy Mother’s Day,