“The True God who inhabits sacred space
is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.
He makes a home for those who are alone.
He frees the prisoners and leads them to prosper” (Psalm 68:5-6, The Voice).
It is Mother’s Day, so I salute all of the mothers and grandmothers out there reading this right now.
I also want to acknowledge that this isn’t an easy time for many women out there.
Some women have lost their mothers and are still grieving their memories.
Some women have lost children and to them this is a day filled with sadness.
Some women have tried and tried unsuccessfully to have children and are unable and sit with a silent but overwhelming despair.
Some have complicated and difficult relationships with their mothers or children, and today of all days may be the day they feel as though they are a failure for not having done enough.
The church should be a safe haven for all of the above, for all women in all walks of life. We should never make anyone feel “less than” for not having checked off the prerequisite boxes for getting married and having a carload of children.
Most of all, today should be a reminder that God is not only a Father but also loves us with a tender motherly kind of love, like a hen gathering her little chicks under her wings. You, whoever you are and wherever you are and in whatever stage of life you’re in, have intrinsic value as a daughter or son of God.
That above all else– husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister– is our core identity in Christ and purpose in this world.