Can I just say it? Mother’s Day has been for me an awkward day of celebration. Don’t get me wrong. I love my mother. And I love that there is a special day to honor the special place that she holds in my life and in my heart.
I have also loved my mother-in-law, blessed be her memory. She too has held a special place in my heart and life.
And I love my aunts, my sister, and my niece, all who have been great moms to their children. In their own special ways, they have even mothered me at times.
And did you know … Hallmark has a Mother’s Day card for each of them?
I have never birthed a baby, in the biological sense. Even as the spouse of a divorced parent with teenagers, my parenting was minimal, unneeded or unnoticed. To be sure, I have never had anyone call me Mom or Mother.
But I have helped other parents raise their children. Girl Scouting, Youth Groups and mission trips help teach life skills. Build strong relationships. Grow caring, compassionate citizens.
I have nurtured infants, children, youth and adults in their faith journeys. I have watched them grow spiritually over the years, steadily or in spurts. I have popped my buttons, as any proud parent would, when I see Christ’s light shining through them … when I see them using their God-given talents to share Christ’s love with others. And I have willingly stood in the gap, bringing families’ and humanity’s needs and desires to the Divine.
For this, I am called Amma. For this, I am thankful.
Loving Parent, bless your people with mothering instincts and insights so all may know your nurture and embrace.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat