A Message From Pastor Margaret
Mothers’ Day is upon us, and it is one
of those days that affect us all in different
ways. For some it is a time to be celebrated
as mothers and grandmothers; for others it
is a joy to wish their mothers a wonderful
Mothers’ Day; for many others having had
an adult other than their own mother whom
they could look to, is a blessing; and for
many it is a day of sadness, because of the
loss of a mother, or not having had a mother. In whichever space we find ourselves, this Mothers’ Day is a day of celebration and remembrance.
I am so grateful for my own mother, whom I cherish dearly, and whose presence I miss often, but whose love, support and prayers I appreciate and value every day. We have created a life apart, and yet together, in our love for one another, and the stories we share every week during our hour-long conversations from Massachusetts to South Africa. As a former congregational church member herself, her support for my ministry here at our church is very special. Her curiosity and interest about my life here and our activities as a church is incredible. She is enormously grateful for everyone in our church… for your love for her daughter. Her instruction to me on a weekly basis, is to love and care for all of you. Her understanding of pastoral ministry and what it takes to be a pastor is a blessing to me, and it enriches our conversations enormously.
Whoever we see and experience as our mothers and grandmothers, let’s keep them in our prayers as they keep us in their hearts and prayers. When they’re young and vibrant, they do what they can to be there for us, in their imperfections. When they grow older, and becoming sicklier and more dependent perhaps, they’re still our mothers, and they need us more.
I am wondering about the love between Jesus and His mother, what that must have been like. The Bible only talks about their early life, and her presence during His difficult last moments. Surely, she must have been proud of Him, and learned from Him, and must have been concerned for His life throughout His earthly ministry and prayed for Him.
The church of Christ is at best our mother, with Christ at the Head, filled with love and compassion for all of us. We all are therefore instruments in this Mother Body, in service to many. We are called to love and serve, as our mothers would love and serve us. Let us therefore find within our congregation, the mothers who may need some extra attention, and be there for them, and care for them. And those who don’t have mothers of your own, maybe, just maybe you may find someone out there who needs someone like you, to care for. Perhaps this Mothers’ Day could be a day for you, too, to bless someone with your heart.
So, I imagine each one of us have a story about mothers, either our own, being mothers, being embraced by our aunts and other adults who act and have acted as our mothers. All these stories must be shared and celebrated on this Mothers’ Day.
May God bless us all as we look to celebrate this special day.