From The Pastor's Desk
Moms: Image of God or Imagination?
According to an encyclopedia, Mother’s Day was started by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her moth-er and encourage others to honor their mother, as “the one person who had done more for them than any other.” Adopted first by West Virginia (her home state) in 1910, and then proclaimed in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson as a national holiday to be observed on the second Sunday in May, it is now celebrated around the world.
It is ironic that the following commercialization of Mother’s Day turned Anna against the very holiday she had campaigned to have adopted. Her original intent was to honor mothers through personal letters, and acts of love and appreciation, not cards and presents bought in a store. She died not having children of her own, angry at the profit-making of Mother’s Day, hating the very holiday she helped initiate.
How sad that a beautiful idea turned so distasteful. Not unlike the way some see this day. There are some who see Mother’s Day as a wonderful opportunity to show their love to their Mom. Some see it as little more than an obligation, while others downright hate the day because it reminds them they either had a “bad” mother or no Mother at all. For them, the only way they can honor their Mother is through imagination of what she could have been.
Churches have used this day to honor Mothers in worship for many years as a way to uphold a good Biblical model. Acknowledging it is a painful day for some who have to use a lot of forgiveness and im-agination to make good of the day, we do not rewrite its definition or purpose. There has been too much of that lately. We still honor mothers as in Proverbs 31. Some want to make it inclusive and not leave any women out. I can understand the heart to not want to cause pain for anyone, but it is Mother’s Day. The tears of one part of the body is shared by others, and also the rejoicing.
Christian Mothers who have taught their children that they are created in the image of God have a spe-cial place in the heart of their children. Taught by their Mothers, that they are loved, have purpose, and through faith, eternal life, it is still true that “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” Proverbs 31:28. Honoring Mothers continues to raise the bar of expectation.
A Christian Mother with her Husband together are supposed to set an example of the love of the Church for Christ and Christ for his church. Together they are to teach in proper balance the fear of God who sees all we do, and the mercy of God who is willing to allow for repentance and forgiveness for all we do. The children learn it was God’s design to place them in a home where a Mother and Father in a mo-nogamous married relationship care and provide for them. Love of God, accountability in moral living, and responsibility in thinking of others before yourself as you share the gospel, are taught as truths by which to live and aspire. We will celebrate Mother’s Day May 10. Hope you will join the celebration.
Some would say that is ideal and mere imagination. Maybe so, but would you lower the standard? A Lifeway research poll says that ”being godly or having faith in God” is mentioned only by 9 percent of parents as a goal for their children. Mothers, parents, keep loving your children and teach the Biblical truth that they are created in the image of God so that when it comes to honoring you as a godly parent they do not have to use their imagination. Didn’t have a good example yourself? Isn’t it time to start a new tradition and raise up a new godly generation in the midst of the shifting morals of society today.
With the warmest regards for Mothers,