Mother’s Day Greetings

Mother’s Day is fast upon us, and is a happy time for many mothers. School are sending home crafts of flowers and baskets, children are serving their mothers brunch or dinner, and mothers of all ages are being blessed.  But Mother’s Day is a spiritual holiday too: a day when we remember the first mother, Eve, or Jesus’ mother, Mary.  It is a day we remember the nurturing of the Father over Christ, over creation, and every day.
In his small catechism, Luther writes:
Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother [that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long upon the earth].
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them honor, serve, obey , and hold them in love and esteem.

Often we strive to live this occasionally, maybe on Mother’s Day and on certain Birthdays or holidays, but what about the rest of the year? What about right now? How do you “fear and love God” that you honor your mother and father? How do you “fear and love God” that you honor Christ’s mother, who Christ loved? How do you “fear and love God” that you honor the first mother, Eve?

“Give us this day our daily bread,” we pray, remembering the blessing our earthly mother and father have bestowed upon us.  We also pray remembering the nurturing of our heavenly Father, believing that He is loyal and able to care for us, even when we can no longer care for ourselves.

This mother’s day, love your mother with the love Jesus had for his mother, and love your heavenly Father with the love He has for all of creation.  On the day after Mother’s Day, continue that love, honoring your mother, your father, and your Heavenly father now, and always.
Your brother in Christ, Geoffrey F. Balke
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