Dear Church Family,

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Like many holidays, Mother’s Day can be met with mixed emotions. There are those who have lost their mothers. There are women who have longed to be mothers, but they were unable. There are mothers who have lost children. There are also mothers whose children and husbands seem ungrateful.

Of course, Mother’s Day is meant to be a day to celebrate our mothers and to express our thankfulness to them. But the fact that it isn’t purely a happy day for so many reveals that all is not right in the world. Since the Fall of our first parents until the Lord returns, sin reaches its tentacles down into and around the blessings given to us by God. Motherhood was meant to be an honor, but it can so often feel like a horror. There is pain attached to mothering now because of the curse of sin.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). God had not abandoned humanity, and neither had He abandoned the mothers through whom humanity would continue. No doubt many of the reasons motherhood is so difficult is because of the great opposition against it. Shouldn’t we expect the evil one to oppose such a good thing?

God promised the woman who would become the first mother that one of her offspring would one day crush the head of the evil one. By God’s grace, we now know this Warrior to be Christ the King, but we still wait eagerly for the day when His triumph will be fully realized. Until the day when it has served its purpose, motherhood will continue to be plagued with pain and hardship. Nevertheless, in the Lord your labor is not in vain. There is coming a day when God the Father will wipe away every tear from the eyes of every mother who has served Him in faith with hope and love.

Within the family of God, there are women who are either single or without children who will still be called “mother” in the kingdom of God. Those who are born again are created by God to crave the milk of God’s Word and to be trained in the fear of the Lord. Therefore, God in His kindness has blessed His church with spiritual mothers who will bear much of the load of this responsibility.

So, until He comes, don’t be discouraged and count it all joy. God is using you women of the faith for the sake of His Name and we all stand back in wonder at our great God as He so powerfully works within you. We thank the Lord for our biological and spiritual mothers and we pray to God that we would always learn from you.