Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
I remember growing up that when we celebrated Mother’s Day at church we would give flowers or special gifts to the mothers who were there. The church honored oldest mother, the youngest, and the one with the most children present, etc. It was almost a competition, and that may be one way to honor mothers. In the years since, I have wondered more about the things that we didn’t talk much about then. Things like the couple who loves children and continued to pour their lives into the children of the church, but for one reason or another were never able to have children. Many of them chose adoption and are a blessed example of God’s grace and love in doing so. These special days of “celebration” may be painful for mothers and fathers who lost children to miscarriage, still-birth, or tragedy in the years after they were born.
What are we then to do? Scripture calls us to honor our fathers and mothers…
“’Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.’” Deuteronomy 5:16
It is the first commandment with a promise that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you. We honor our mothers, but not in just the way the world honors, but in the things that God honors. We also should not wait till a special day, or season to honor mothers but they should be honor for the gift they are in our lives.
We too, should honor a woman who fears the Lord for she is a mother in faith. Some have a double blessing to have their mother be a spiritual mother. I can think of countless Sunday school teachers and nursery workers who have poured themselves into my life and have shaped me into the man I am today. Some of these dear ladies had children, some their children had already left home, some tried to have children but couldn’t, and still others had lost a child during pregnancy or after they were born. Each one of them came alongside my young parents and loved and nurtured me and them in the Lord. Each was a woman who feared the Lord and helped me to learn to love and fear the Lord.
On Mother’s Day honor your mother, and honor her everyday as the Lord commands. Also honor the beautiful daughters of Christ, who are your spiritual mothers in faith. Tell them of the blessing they are to you. We honor Godly mothers by living out the legacy that they have demonstrated in your life. Love them and thank them. I am grateful that my children have a Godly mother and I am also grateful for the spiritual mothers who have been pouring their lives into my young children. They are who they are because of your love for them, thank you is not enough. It is my prayer that they will grow to honor your love for Christ by doing the same with their lives.