Preparing for Mother’s Day
Easter has passed and now is the time to look forward to some of the upcoming “unofficial church holidays.” In the weeks to come, churches across the country will be celebrating Mother’s Day and, to a lesser extent, Father’s Day. As you go about planning your services on those days, I’d like to share with you an interview that my friend Todd and I filmed with Ben and Laura Reed last year. Ben starts off by sharing how Mother’s Day is a little heavier for them, as they have struggled with having children in the past.
While the video does not call for a moratorium on Mother’s Day, it does call on church leaders to be mindful of those for whom these days can be painful. The video is fifteen minutes long, but I think it is worth the watch:
This is a bit of a soapbox issue for me. Over the last six years of our marriage, Theresa and I have struggled to have children… suffering through three miscarriages, the most recent one being earlier this month. Celebrating mothers and fathers, and the contributions they make in the lives of their children is totally appropriate and needs to be done. At the same time, we need to keep in mind, and acknowledge, the pain that can be wrapped up in these days and speak the hope of the Gospel into the lives of those whose hearts are heavy on these days.
How does YOUR church approach Mother’s Day?