Mother’s Day is celebrated in the church to an extent that makes it a significant “special worship day” for many of us as church leaders. I have seen statistics that say Mother’s Day is the 3rd most attended church day after Easter and Christmas Eve.
Mother’s Day Sunday is important but we need to be careful with how we approach the day. Here’s three reasons why:
People Who Had Abusive or Absent Mothers
Many times at Mother’s Day we glorify the mother and all the good things good mothers do for their children. Unfortunately, not everyone has had this great experience with their mother. There is someone sitting in your church service who had an abusive mother. This could be physical abuse or emotional abuse. There are also others who have absent mothers, mothers who were never around or mothers who gave them up.
Couples Who are Struggling to Get Pregnant
You also very likely will have couples who are struggling to get pregnant in your church service this Mother’s Day. That means any way you celebrate mothers and the beautiful role of motherhood in our life will be bittersweet to them. That does not mean you do not mention motherhood at all. Just be considerate to those struggling.
Those Who Have Recently Lost Their Mother
Another likely person sitting in your seats will be those who have lost their mother recently or a mother who has lost a child recently. Be aware of the hurt attached to those heartbreaking situations.
With that said, here are some suggestions on being sensitive this Mother’s Day Sunday:
If You Give A Gift Give it to All Women
This is pretty self-explanatory: offer the flower, plant, or item to every woman. This is a big deal to many.
Talk About Good Mothers But Comfort Those Who Did Not Have One
One aspect lost on Mother’s Day in many church services I have been to is comfort for those who did not have a good mother. Sure, we talk about great mothers and perfect mothers all day but we need to offer comfort as well.
Do Not Emphasize Motherhood Too Much
Yes you can talk about Godly motherhood and celebrate the role of the mother in our culture but try not to go on and on about it. That would really be blow after blow to the groups we have mentioned.
How Are You Being Sensitive This Mother’s Day?
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