This Sunday we honor those servants of God whom we call mothers, those who have and those who continue to nurture us in the presence of the winds of life.
Mother’s Day has a complicated history, perhaps contributing to confusion of where that apostrophe belongs. Although maternal sacrifices have been a central honor of this day, Mother’s Day has also been a time to urge reconciliation and to seek world peace so that future mothers would not also have to live through the grief that Civil War mothers experienced.
The 7th chapter of the Revelation to John opens with four angels holding back the four winds of the earth. They hold back these winds to prevent damage to the earth or the sea or the trees. Life itself is exceedingly fragile. We thrive individually and collectively thanks to the ministry of God’s servants in heaven and on earth. Thus we should also lift up those who have nurtured us through life.
I will have more to say about Revelation 7:9-17 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 12th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
Motherhood is complicated. Perhaps it always has been complicated for the Bible has at least one story of questionable parenting. It addition to those who physically bore us, others may nurture us spiritually, emotionally, physically, or with wisdom. Occasionally we informally or formally adopt others as mothers.
This Mother’s Day encourage your children, or perhaps your inner child, to honor each person who has contributed to our lives.