On Tuesday I visited my mother and dad. I took Mother with me to pick out a hanging basket for their front porch - a "Mother's Day" present from me. I love my mother and am thankful she is still a living part of my life. I have yet to find a gift that would adequately express my appreciation.
Motherhood is responsible for some of the happiest and most humbling experiences of my lifetime. I love each of my three children and thank God for their unique and special personalities. I am proud of them and thankful that each of them shares my faith and love for Jesus Christ. It is true that none of them will spend today with me. So you might say, "Your post displays a 'sour grapes' attitude." But this has been my attitude for almost 38 years! Here are a just a few of my reasons for my Mother's Day Blues (I don't have a lot of time--too many Mother's Day loose ends to tie up for our church service this morning):
- One shouldn't need a holiday to express love and honor to his or her mother.
- The commercialization of the holiday bothers me greatly.
- I don't like commercials telling my children that pajama-grams, teddy bears or flowers in a free vase are going to make my day.
- Mother's Day cards for ones aunt, friend, grandmother, sister-in-law and pet seem ridiculous to me.
- My husband is not my son, so a card from him on Mother's Day is really unnecessary (I know. I'm such a rebel!) But seriously, he treats me with respect and love EVERY day of the year, and I feel cherished.
- Motherhood is its own reward. There are intrinsic joys that surpass sentiments on any card I've ever received.
- Any holiday that produces pressure, guilt, last-minute and hasty spending should be re-evaluated.
I know this is sort of sketchy but when God commanded us to "honor our fathers and our mothers", I don't think He had this holiday in mind.
However, lest anyone misunderstand, we WILL honor mothers in our church service this morning (my husband is pastor, so I know what's "up"). Mothers selected their favorite hymns to be sung. We have a treat to pass out to each mother in attendance. We will view a great video, have a clever presentation by the teens, and hear a special sermon applicable to the day.
I DO appreciate my mother. Today and everyday, I thank God for her. I want to make EVERY day a Mother's Day for her by following her example of faith, faithfulness, and love.
Have I rambled?