Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday in the UK) is not a Christian Holiday. It has absolutely no place in the liturgical life of the church. It’s a day, originated by two Methodist women from West Virginia in the late 19th century. Their goal was to make the day a national holiday. They certainly didn’t foresee it becoming the 20 million dollar a year industry it is today. In one sense, every day is Mother’s Day in the church. Each time we recite the creed, we honor the Mary, the Mother of God. Throughout the year, we tell the story of strong mothers and women who shaped our faith and built the early church. When Matthew recites Jesus’ family tree, five women (all mothers) among countless men are cited as Jesus’ most important ancestors. Every Sunday is Mother’s Day. The church is the product of countless mothers.
So what should we do this Mother’s Day Sunday?
1. Pretend you Mother has no computer, access to the internet, and is illiterate. She can’t read your heart warming messages on Facebook. Pick up a telephone and call her. Tell her thank you. Tell her you love her. Leave the internet out of the equation. If you are able to see her in person, do that. You are beyond blessed if you have that option. Not everyone lives close enough to do so. So, go do it. Are you waiting on a golden ticket from Willy Wonka?
2. Do not buy a card to make the Big Greeting Card industry richer. Buy a blank piece of paper. Write down how you feel about your mom. Buy a stamp. Mail it to her. No longer pretend she is illiterate.
3. Buy her something she’ll appreciate, enjoy, or use.
4. If your Momma has gone to be with Jesus. pray. If you need help on how to pray for your Mom, see me at 11:00 am tomorrow.
5. Remember, we’re using the word Mother to include Mother figures. If your biological mother wasn’t in your life, someone else probably played a mother like role. Apply and repeat as often as needed.