This will be our first Sunday that I will be able to tell my wife “Happy Mother’s Day.” It will be exciting, especially after being married for almost four years. I can look back over these past four years and see the joy that my wife has given to me. Moreover, the excitement of the future thrills me as we are able to begin bringing children into this world.
However, what the past four years has taught me is how to view days like today. There is always the excitement to see local churches recognize motherhood, give them a rose, and encourage them in their motherhood.
But I need to ask the question: What about the other ladies in the room as we celebrate “Mother’s Day”? What about us for the past four years, who were unable to get pregnant? What about our friends, who love the Lord, love each other, but have been barren for 8 years? Or what about our other sets of friends, who have been a blessing to people in local church for 25+ years, and are physically unable to bear children? What of those godly women, those that even put immature men to shame, living for the glory of God in their singleness? What of the 40 year old single woman, who loves the Lord but desires to still be cherished by a husband while providing care and nurture to her children?
Let today not be a day to reduce the experience of womanhood to the idea of bearing children, rather let today be a day to encourage and extol the position of womanhood. They are a glorious element that help reflect the image of God.
Without the presence of women, the ultimate portrait of the “image of God” cannot be fully expressed.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
Male and female he created them.