Happy Mother's Day

Did you hear about the school in Canada that decided not to celebrate Mother’s Day? The decision has sparked a range of reactions across the world. While for the particular school, the decision may have been driven by wanting to accommodate those in non-traditional families, it also highlights the reality that Mother’s Day is a tough time for many. 

Today, I wanted to start this blog with a thought for those who have and continue to have difficult relationships with their children, or parents. This is one of those days of the year that is difficult. It can be difficult because we live in a fractured and broken world, and this impacts every single one of us. So, among the festivities of the day, please a spare a thought for some of those who will struggle today. Some do not or cannot have children. Others have deeply strained family relationships to the point where some feel ignored, as if they don’t exist.

At the same time, it is entirely appropriate for us to wish the mothers among us a very happy Mother’s Day. It is wonderful that this day is set aside each year to honour mothers. Indeed, Mother’s Day started a hundred years ago in a church.  It is a celebration commenced by Christians. We are, after all, the people committed to relationships and families. 

While noting that it is not everyone’s experience, parents are one of God’s gifts to us. It is often not until someone grows older and becomes a parent themselves that one realises the profound impact of their mother upon them. 

For those of us who have grown up in a Christian household, the most important gift a mother can give is the passing on of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is an inspiration to ponder how you can make the most of this day, and the opportunity of motherhood, for it has the potential to provide the greatest possible gift.