Going beyond genes and DNA.
Mothers play a significant role in our lives. They are often the ones present for our lowest and highest moments. The ones we can call on at any time and know they’ll come running.
It’s not surprising that whether it’s the third Sunday after Easter (United Kingdom), the second Sunday in May (Canada, United States, Ghana, Taiwan, Jamaica and 22 other countries), the last Sunday in May (Europe), the first Monday of July (South Sudan) or the third Sunday in October (Argentina), people across the world, set aside a day each year to celebrate and recognize the mothers in their lives.
Who is a mother?
Jesus defined mothering and family as relationships that are based not on genes and DNA, but on the Christian mindset of obedience and service to God.
In Matthew 12:46-50 while He was addressing a large crowd, Jesus pointed to His disciples and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Hanging from the cross, with nailed-pierced hands, Jesus went on to create a whole new family, John 19:25-27 tells us: “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
Therefore, a mother is not necessarily the woman who birthed you, but the person who has cared, protected and loved you unconditionally throughout the years. The mother figure in your life, could be your sister, aunt, grandmother, the stranger who adopted you—legally or otherwise—the family friend who saw your needs and nurtured you, the church member who anchored you in the Word, guided you and supported your dreams, and, yes even your mother-in-law.
As you gather each year in your homes, churches and restaurants on Mother’s Day, pause to also recognize and celebrate all the mother figures in your life, including your spiritual mothers as defined by Jesus.
Most importantly, make honoring your mother a way of life—something you do every day— and you’ll enjoy a long life on earth. (Ephesians 6: 1-3)
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