Worship is more than one hour on Sunday mornings. Authentic worship is about God’s revelation and our response. A true test of worship is our obedience. Am I doing what God asks and expects? Mother’s Day is about celebrating our mothers. And as an equally important mandate, Mother’s Day is a time for worship.
I’m aware of the praise and pain associated with Mother’s Day. Many people have great relationships and precious memories of their mothers. On the other hand, this special holiday stirs up many negative emotions and memories for other people.
How can you and I worship this Sunday, Mother’s Day?
- Honor Your Mother. How should a believing son or daughter relate to his or her mother? God said, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Ex. 20:12). Charles Spurgeon said, “Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother.” Take the time this Mother’s Day to honor your mother. That response to His revelation is an example of worship.
- Love Your Mother. Loving your mother may be accomplished in many ways. One of the most personal and profound ways to love your mother is to say, “I love you.” When was the last time you told your mother that you loved her? I encourage you to love your mother this weekend by saying to her, “I love you.
- Bless Your Mother. One way to bless your mother is to pray for her. You may ask the Lord to give your mother spiritual vitality, physical strength, financial provision, and relational health. I prayed with my mother many times. I asked the Lord to bless and grant her His favor. How do you need to bless your mother? It’s a powerful witness for a son or daughter to rise up and call his or her mother blessed (Pr. 31:28).
- Cherish Your Mother. Life passes quickly. Days go by fast. It’s wise to seize every moment possible with your mother. You and I don’t want to come to a place in life and have regrets about our time with our mothers. Jesus cherished His mother. I hope you’ll find ways to cherish your mother.
- Remember Your Mother. My mother passed away almost four years ago. On this Mother’s Day, I plan to remember my mom. She sacrificed for me; she encouraged me; and she believed in me. I’ll remember my mom’s life and legacy in personal ways. If your mother has physically passed away, how do you need to remember her? I hope you’ll pause, reflect, and thank God for her life and influence.
- Forgive Your Mother. It’s possible that division and tension are present between you and your mother. What should you do? In Eph. 4:32, Paul said, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” One way to worship on Mother’s Day, if necessary, is to extend grace and forgiveness to your mother. As you release her, it could be a spiritual step that sets you free, too.
- Surprise Your Mother. If possible, it’s always fun to do something unexpected for our mothers. You may call her at a different time; you may send her a gift that she never anticipated; you may clear your calendar in order to spend quality time with her; or you may treat her to an experience that she’d never do for herself (pamper her!).
I hope we’ll find ways to worship the Lord and celebrate our mothers this Mother’s Day!
Striving to Worship and Celebrate,