Typically, Mother’s Day is joyous for those who get pampered with flowers, chocolates, hugs, and cards. Yet, it’s bittersweet for many: women who hoped for children and have none, those whose mothers have passed, those who are estranged from their mothers, those whose mothers’ minds have deteriorated, those who…. The list is long. So, maybe it’s time to rethink the day – praise someone else’s child(ren); pray for guidance and maybe take a step to “mend that fence;” lower expectations and love unconditionally. It’s your day, a gift from God, so make it count!
But honestly, I have already revamped Mother’s Day in my mind, and here’s why.
In addition to honoring my mother, I often make Mother’s Day count by remembering a special man! Former APC minister Revered Frank Duncan, often ahead of his time and now retired, was preaching on a Mother’s Day Sunday many years ago. He expanded the significance of that day for me by calling out the importance of, not just mothers, but all women, such as special aunts, knowledgeable nieces, sisters who are our best friends, and cousins who are like dear sisters.
I know he referred to aunts because it hit home. I was not a mother, but I was one of those special aunts. Frank’s sermon was fresh and heart-warming. But what really stirred me? It was the realization that it’s nice to be recognized as a significant player in the “game of life.” (Maybe that’s how most mothers feel in May?) His thoughtful words, honoring all women who share their gifts, was right on time for me. Gifts such as those revealed in Galatians 5:22-23:“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; ….” Reverend Duncan’s message that day was broad and honest, and I accepted it as my own for life.
Think about Jesus sharing the word of God with the many. Some listened but did not hear, others heard and were forever changed. My little story of change (enriched perspective) isn’t a lifesaver; Jesus’ big story of salvation (everlasting life) is both a life changer and a life saver. I pray you accept it as your own. God Bless You and “Happy Day” to all women who share their spiritual gifts with others every day!
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