As we honor Mother’s on and around Mother’s Day. I find myself reflecting on how thankful I am for the mother God has given me and for the impact she has had on my life and that of many others.
As the fifth born child of Sudie Mae Brewington, I have been blessed to bear the name and characteristics of a remarkable woman. My mother’s example has shaped how I view my calling as a woman, and most importantly, how I relate to my heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus.
Above all, her model has led me to reverence, honor, and joyously obey the Lord Jesus, the supreme love of my life. I long to be attentive to Him, to serve Him, to fulfill His wishes, to be by His side, and to let others know of my deep admiration for Him. These longings were first planted in my heart from the heart of my mother.
On this special occasion, I also want to honor numerous other women who have had a significant influence in my life. Some were married; others were not. Some had children; some did not. But they have been spiritual mothers to me, and I so appreciate their willingness to live out God’s calling to be bearers and nurturers of life.
God knows Mother’s Day is the hardest day in the year for some of you. Your sadness may be related to your mother. Your mother is not alive. Life with your mother was too difficult to celebrate. Your mother wasn’t part of your life. You can’t celebrate with your mother because she lives too far away. Your mother is ill or suffering dementia. It may be grief related to your own mothering. You have longed for children but have never been able to be pregnant. You have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth and never had even one sweet moment of looking into your baby’s eyes. After that loss you fear it might happen again. You laid your baby down to sleep one afternoon or evening, and your little one never woke again. After losing that child, you feel fear when you look at your other children or think of having another. You were so close to adopting the child you already loved from a distance, and then the plans feel through. Your child—whether a child or adult—lost the battle to a disease, or died accidentally, or was murdered, or took his or her own life. Your child was placed for adoption and has another mother now. You grieve over a pregnancy you chose to end. Your child is alienated from you. You’ve always dreamed you’d be married by now, with children and that hasn’t happened. Your child has a disability that doesn’t permit you ever to hear “I love you” from him or her.
God knows. That wasn’t a throw-away phrase I used at the beginning. God does know. He knows your fear, grief, anger, anxiety love—the welter of emotions today that you hardly know how to name. He knows that even though you may be mostly composed most days, this day stirs it all up. I pray that your church and others close to you will be Christ’s hands and heart for you this Mother’s Day. Even if other people aren’t aware or sensitive, I pray that you can feel deeply the compassion (together-suffering) of Jesus who bears our griefs and carries our sorrows.
This Mother’s Day ask God to fulfill His purposes. God uses adversity to show us what is in our hearts, to purify us, and to deepen our dependence of Him (Deut. 8:3).
Place your confidence in the Lord. He can be trusted. He loves you. He knows what you area facing, and He cares for you. Trust Him to meet your needs (Matthew 6: 25-34).
Reach out to others. Don’t just think about your own problems; put the needs of others ahead of your own (Phil. 2:4).
Rejoice in the Lord. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy. If you have God, you have everything you need, and you have reason to rejoice (Hab. 3: 17-18)!
Whether we’re mother’s ourselves or not, God has given us an important, vital role in passing on to the next generation the baton of spiritual truth—to be spiritual mothers, life-givers, to the women in our sphere of influence.
My prayer for you this Mother’s Day is that God will encourage you in your calling and give you all that you need to be the woman he wants you to be as you help establish a godly legacy.
Seeking Him with you!