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Mother’s Day: The Day After

I recently saw a Mother’s Day card that said on the front, “Happy St. Mother’s Day.” On the inside it said, “Well, that’s what it should be called.”

After writing A TIME TO BE BORN: Meditations on the Birth of a Child, I have renewed appreciation for loving mothers. They are saints. In the book, I used Moses’ mother, Jochebed, as a good example in scripture of a mother’s love. If you haven’t read that story in a while, it might be rewarding Mother’s Day reading, even the day after. (Exodus 2:1–10)

But (and maybe this is what kept me from posting this on Mother’s Day).

Not all mothers are loving. Some single mothers are so burdened that finding happiness on a day set aside for mothers is next to impossible. Some mothers are struggling with divorce. Some would-be mothers can’t have children. Some mothers have lost children to death or have had a miscarriage.

Mother’s Day doesn’t always bring happiness. There’s nothing new about that, but we’re probably more likely to talk about it and be sensitive to it these days than we were when I was a kid–when the only problem seemed to be trying to remember whether we got a red or white corsage for my mother. (I really miss the sea of corsages.)

The purpose of this post isn’t to put a damper on Mother’s Day. It’s always a happy day for a whole lot of people. But in addition to celebrating, let’s do some praying. Give thanks for our mothers. Pray safety and health on those expecting births. Pray that those in deep struggles find relief.

It’s worth noting that the love of a mother reflects God’s attention to us. “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13, NIV)

Happy Mother’s Day, a day late! Blessings to all mothers, no matter your situation. Blessings to all you saints!


2 comments… add one
  • Lorraine Lynch May 9, 2016, 10:40 AM

    You “hit the nail on the head” again with this blog, Johnny. The role of “mothering” can open a huge discussion as the responsibility of raising children is so great. Keep up the good work!

    • John B. Phillips May 9, 2016, 4:38 PM

      A huge discussion should be had. The responsibility of raising children still falls mainly on mothers. In today’s world, that’s an awful lot of responsibility for one person. Fathers are getting better at bearing at least part of the responsibility, thank goodness.

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