This week, maybe not surprisingly, I’ve been thinking about the mothers in my life. Yes, mothers – plural. Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly in awe and utterly adore my mum; only my dad could speak more highly of her. Ever since I was born she has been nurturing me in every way possible, has shared wisdom and comforted me through the turmoil life has brought so far, and I am reminded daily of her patient yet fierce love of me. But she’s not the only one.
Although my mum has been the longest constant provider of these qualities, that doesn’t mean I completely disregard and forget the many others who have done, and those that continue to do, the same. And I bet that you have more than one ‘mother’ in your life too.
Those who show us how to respond to situations with dignity and grace. Those that, through their own actions, teach us how to love others. Those that invest in us in ways we don’t expect and sometimes feel like we don’t deserve. Those who give us a hug, a hand to hold or a kind word of truth at that perfect moment. Those that despite mistakes you might have made love you all the same. These are but a few qualities (no matter age or gender).
When thinking about these ‘mothers’ of mine, and what made them ‘mothers’ to me, I was struck that bit by bit I was beginning to form a small section of who God is; I had ended up reflecting upon, you could argue, the ‘mothering nature’ of God.
“We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19
Despite our huge respect and love for our ‘mothers’, they are only human. They make mistakes. They can let us down and hurt us (intentionally or not). They will eventually leave us in one way or another.
But God is the one ‘mother’ we can always depend on. With Him, these qualities I mentioned above, are enhanced and completely fulfilling. They are given by a God who is good, who is holy and who is pure love and are promised to be are eternally ours.
So on this Mothering Sunday, do give a special acknowledgment of love and gratitude to your mum and your ‘mother’ figures. But also spend time reveling in and being absorbed by God’s ‘mothering nature’. Give God time to comfort you, to speak truths over you, to nurture you into the individual you were made to be. To listen to his wisdom, to forgive you and to be covered and upheld by his fierce and never-ending love for you. You are a child of God after all.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1
With love – Holly (Children’s Minister)