We were married for eleven years without children. Doctor after doctor, test after test, we were never able to determine why. And then, in 2003, God brought Jim into our family. Sarah came in 2006. And now, it's a white Suburban (used) for Tracy for Mothers Day 2008, as we prepare for her big day.
But as our congregation gathers this morning, the words I say and the things I do will be influenced by those eleven years. Mothers Day can be very hard on many women—those who are single, those who are married but childless, those who have lost a child. I want us to have a day that will honor and bless the mothers among us without rubbing salt into anyone's wounds. One way to do that is to emphasize the mother that we all have rather than the mother that only some of us are. Another approach is to make Mothers Day something more like "Women Day." by giving flowers or gifts to all women indiscriminately.
I'm curious to hear from you. What does your church do on Mothers Day? For those of you who fall into the categories that I mentioned above, is Mothers Day hard for you? Do you find any particular practices to be better or worse for churches to follow on Mothers Day?