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By   •   April 21, 2006

Q:

Our children are all grown up and gone, so what do you think Mother's Day should mean to us now? It's nice to feel special and get some Mother's Day cards, but should it be anything more?


A:

Mother’s Day should be a special time for all of us—even those who have never been mothers, or whose mothers are now gone. For one thing, it should be a time of thanksgiving as we remember our own mothers and thank God for them. Where would we be without them?

After all, what is Mother’s Day? It’s a time to honor our mothers, and celebrate God’s gift of motherhood (particularly when family life today is undergoing so much stress). Many of you reading this are mothers, and I hope this will be a time of joy for you, even in the midst of your hard work and numerous responsibilities. Others of you may be single mothers, and I know your way is even harder. But thank God that He is with you, and that He has given you the privilege of being a mother.

But Mother’s Day should also be a time of reflection, and of recommitment. If you are a mother of young children, remember that God has entrusted them to you, and they are a great responsibility—physically, morally, emotionally and spiritually.

I think of Mary, to whom God entrusted not only the physical birth of His Son, but a share in His emotional and spiritual growth. The Bible says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Thank God for the privilege He has given you as a mother, and recommit yourself to be a better mother, even to your older children.

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