Meanderings of a Minister

Mother’s Day Isn’t Always Candy and Flowers
May 6, 2011, 1:47 am
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That’s right!  In a couple of Sundays, we will celebrate Mother’s Day.  For many households, this will be a time of great joy as they celebrate the life of their mother.  For others, it will a painful reminder of the fact that they never had the privilege of becoming a mother.  For still yet others, it will be a time of mourning the loss of children or the loss of their mother.  For a final section of the population, it may be a time of mourning the fact they grew up knowing no mother or of remembering the abuse of their mother.

Now that I have thoroughly depressed you about a holiday that is supposed to be a fun and light celebration of life, let me explain.  One of the most famous mothers, Mary, wife of Joseph, knew both the joy and pain of motherhood.  She knew the joy we associate with Christmas and beyond.  The Bible says that she watched as shepherds visited and worshipped her Son.  It tells of the arrival of Wise Men and the gifts they gave her Son as they worshipped Him as King of the Jews.  These were no doubt joyous times.  She also knew the joy of giving birth to Jesus’ brothers and sister (Mark 6:3).  She knew the joy of watching her children grow and mature.  Her greatest joy was in finding that her Son had conquered death and hell and the grave and had been resurrected (Matthew 28:1-7).

In addition to the joy of motherhood, Mary also knew the pain that often comes along as well.  Mary was warned by Simeon that a sword would pierce her own soul (Luke 2:33).  Mary would know the pain of having her own children reject Jesus (John 7:5).  She would know the pain of turning loose of her Son to allow Him to move out into the ministry for which He was born (Mark 3:31-35).  She knew the pain of watching her Son tortured and killed.  She also knew the pain of separation from Him as He was in the grave.

What is my point?  Simply this:  Mother’s Day may not be a time of joy and celebration for all families, but we can know a few things for sure.  First, we can know that our pain is not the first pain to be experienced as a mother or because of one.  Many others have experienced God’s grace to enable them to talk and walk through this pain and have gone on to live for God with transformed and powerful lives.  Second, we can know that God celebrates the good with us, but also understands the pain and provides His grace to get us through it.

While most of us will not have to endure the pain of watching our child mercilessly tortured and killed, we can still know that God understands our struggles and has promised “Though weeping may endure for the night, a shout of joy comes in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5b)


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