Mother’s Day is an emotionally complex day. The emotion of the celebration is governed by our relationship with our mother. Emotions vary; happy, sad, conflicted, flat and/or even left out. Can this day be redeemed so that anyone can celebrate regardless of their relationship with their mother? The short answer is ‘yes’.
46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12)
Jesus teaches that following Him makes us His family. Jesus drags us into intimacy with Himself and each other demanding that we behave as a real family. This is something that the early church believed in and demanded be lived out (1 Tim 5:1-2).
Over the years countless women have behaved like my ‘mother’ in Christ. They have corrected and fed me, prayed and cared for me – I have been blessed!! As a bloke, I have had the privilege of blessing others by being their ‘son’, ‘brother’, even ‘father’ in Christ.
Let us never be a friendly church but a family church that draws people into real relationship; relationships that are celebrated every day not just once a year.