Making the most of Mother's Day

God doesn’t promise a role-model mum. Some adore their mums; others may have lost them.

Some mums were influential in us coming to Christ; others don’t know him.

It’s messy. So, Mothers’ Day will be different to each of us.

What does it mean?

Mothers’ Day was first celebrated in 1908 by Ann Jarvis, an American. She held a church service in memory of her mum.

Before that, ‘Mothering Sunday’ was celebrated as an opportunity to bring families together.

What should it mean for Christians?

An opportunity

Mothers’ Day is an opportunity to come together to celebrate mums.

Perhaps this will be in your family. But it could also be in your church family where there may be older women who have been like a mum to you in some way.

If you’ve lost your mum, Mothers’ Day for you may be as it was for Ann Jarvis. Take the day to remember your mum. Celebrate her. Honour her life (Matthew 19:19).

A greater opportunity

It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the gospel.

First, because God wants us to love our mums, even if our relationship has become hostile.

We can display the gospel, being like Jesus who tore down the ‘dividing wall of hostility’ to save us (Ephesians 2:14).

And whatever our mums are like, thank God and her for her love. It reflects something of the love that God has for you and his perfect parenthood:

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15

On Mothers’ Day, try to love your mum well, even if it’s hard. Honour her.

By doing this, you’re loving and honouring your Father who gave you your mum as a good gift.