It’s that time of the year where we pay special attention to our Mums – aka Mother, Mummy, Mama, Mumma Bear, Mumsy etc. You know a name my brothers would call my Mum was Mago (pronounced margoh). Seems innocent, but it actually stood for Ma-go-get me a…! They were sneaky weren’t they?
Being a Mum is an amazing privilege and I’ve found it to be filled with an array of experiences and emotions. Nothing really fully prepares you, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mums come in different shapes and sizes, and in different ages and stages. There are the young mums, the stay-at-home mums, the working mums, the empty-nester mums, and of course the grand-mums. For varying reasons, Mother’s Day may be a difficult day for you – it’s my prayer for you, that you experience the touch of God’s loving arms around you, and the support of this church family.
Would you like to know something about me as a Mum? I thought you would. Guess what…I’m an imperfect Mum, living in an imperfect home, with an imperfect family. Phew, that takes the pressure off! I’m fairly confident that I’m not the only one. With all the imperfections, and the messiness of life, God wants us to be the best version of ourselves. This is a life surrendered to God’s ways. This means that we won’t always get it right and we won’t have all the answers. But that’s okay, we’re not meant to always get it right and have the answers. I love the words of Mother Teresa…God has not called me to be successful, but to be faithful.
It’s in times of reflecting on past mistakes and failings when it’s all too easy to feel discouraged and downhearted. However, God’s plan is not for you to feel condemned, but rather for you to experience His righteousness. Simply put God makes our life RIGHT, because of Jesus and the price He paid for sin. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Can I encourage you to take time to look after your spiritual walk, so that you are renewed by God’s strength and filled with His wisdom.
Finally, here is a closing benediction to bless you…
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (ESV)