Mother’s Day

May 10, 2024

 

Dear Faith Family,

On Sunday we recognize Mother’s Day. While it certainly is overly commercialized, it is commendable to have days when we recognize those whom we are to love and honor. On Mother’s Day we recognize that there was one who, at the very least, went through the struggle to give us life.

This can be a difficult Sunday for some. Maybe you no longer have your mother. Maybe you are estranged from your mother. Maybe you long to be a mother and have been unable to have a child. Maybe you are estranged from your child or have lost your child. While others celebrate their mother’s, you might feel grief, anger or frustration. Your faith family is here for you. In our faith family, we are all mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, siblings in Christ. We are in this together …Ubuntu.

Some of you have lost your mother in the last year and this will be your first Mother’s Day without her. Know that I hold you in my prayers. I pray you receive peace and comfort.

For many, a mother’s love is the most genuine love they will ever experience. The love of any parent is meant to be the love that Paul described in his letter to the Corinthian church. “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable; it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

This is also the love that God has for you. You are loved. It is the love that God says that we are to offer to God and offer to those that God places in our lives. This love is genuine, resilient and worthy of our greatest efforts. Developing and offering this love is a spiritual discipline that is to be practiced and developed. We aren’t perfect at it, but we continue to grow in that love.

This is a love that comes without a cost and without expectation. It is not extended for the one giving it, but for the one receiving it. It is the greatest love that there is. I hope you know this love and I hope you can extend this love to another. This is the love we are meant to extend to those in our faith family. It’s the love that we have been looking at in John’s letter. It is the perfect love of God.

May you know the perfect love of God.

You are loved. You are cherished. You are a child of God.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Caroline

 

Love is patient; love is kind;

love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable;

it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.

 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7