This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. The holiday is a rightly-deserved celebration of perhaps the most important role a human being can undertake. Mother’s Day can be a painful day for mothers whose experience as a mother includes tragedy and heartache. It can be painful for children as well; especially those first Mother’s Days after our own mother has passed away.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and that you are able to celebrate.
It’s also a good time to remember that the Bible often speaks of God’s love for us in images of mother. “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you (Isaiah 66:13). “But I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother” (Psalm 131:2). Jesus said, “Jerusalem… how long I have desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Matthew 23:37).
Even though we follow the tradition of calling God our Father, we know that God isn’t male or female. In fact, Genesis says clearly that male and female together make up the image of God in humanity (Genesis 1:27).
So we do well to remember that all of the best things we think of when we think of mothers, these are a part of God’s character too. God mothers us better than our best mothers.
This Mother’s Day, remember that just as God is a Father to the fatherless person, He is also mother to the motherless. And mother to the childless. And through every other skint-knee, broken-heart affliction that comes our way, God snuggles us in His motherly embrace.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC