Celebrating Mother’s Day

By Shawn Kennedy

As we approach Mother’s Day, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude for my own mom and for all of the wonderful moms who make up our world. I believe moms are uniquely designed with a God given ability to love, nurture, encourage and point their children to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. They do this through their words and wisdom, through their actions and reactions, through their successes and failures, through their priorities and prayers and through their everyday doses of selfless love.

I also realize that for many, Mother’s Day can be a source of great joy and a source of great grief. As I was preparing to write on Mother’s Day this week, someone sent me an article written by Amy Middle. I think it captures perfectly my heart this Mother’s Day.

To those who gave birth this year to their first child – we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away – we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we rejoice with you

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising – we anticipate with you

On behalf of all of the husbands, fathers, daughters and sons, I want to say “thank you” to all of the mom’s in our churches and in our world!

“Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve          outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.”  Proverbs 31:28-29 MSG

Shawn Kennedy is a part of the Lead Pastoral Team at Existence Church. He is the co-author of  Kingdom Come: A Gospel-Centered Guide to Discipleship. You can follow him on twitter or facebook. Shawn has a passion for helping people love God, love others and make disciples to the glory of God.