For this Mother’s Day, why don’t you consider writing a tribute to a special woman in your life – this could be your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, teacher, friend, or any woman you have an admiration for and never shared it with them before. The purpose of such a tribute is to deliberately give this special woman the honour she deserves. It is also a means to display your appreciation to God for this person he saw fit to give you.
This tribute can be as short or as long as you’d like it to be. Simply start with “Dear mom/gran/aunt/etc.” and let the words flow. Tell her of your appreciation for all she has done for you. Remind her of some favourite memories you have of her. Commend her for her strengths and tell how they shaped who you have become. Describe strengths that you long to see reflected in your own life. Or even praise her for introducing you to the Saviour.
In the UK, the date for Mother’s Day is linked to Easter, which is different each year as it is determined by the lunar calendar. The UK’s Mother’s Day always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent, when people typically give up things like certain foods or bad habits for the days leading up to Easter.
Did you know that we actually don’t have “Mother’s Day” in the UK; although it’s popularly referred to as Mother’s Day, due to American influence, the correct term is “Mothering Sunday”, which began as a religious festival in the Middle Ages and is many hundreds of years older than the purely secular and commercial Mother’s Day, celebrated in the USA and some other countries.
Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent and is observed in many Anglican and Catholic communities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.
It’s good to celebrate our mothers any way as God made them special. I can think about many mothers in the bible, and in life, today that are doing a great job and that include all our mothers.
And remember Deuteronomy 5:16 (NIV) says – 16 “Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
I acknowledge that this kind of tribute will be joyful for some and sorrowful for others. Some enjoyed a wonderful mother and others endured a harsh one; some find that words come easy, and some find they come only with difficulty.
No matter where you are in your relationship with your mother, God commands that we honour our mother – Ephesians 6:2 “Honour your father and mother; Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you; Mark 7:10 “For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’; and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH’.