Thursday, 6 May 2010

Mother's Day

by Peter Lockhart

Days like Mother's Day are unusual. Why? Because:
  • In one sense they can serve to remind us of our failure to honour our mothers appropriately every other day of the year. They become a confession.
  • In another sense they can bring up painful memories of childhood, of a difficult relationship, of loss, or even the inability to have children. The become a lament.
  • In yet another sense they draw us into celebrating our own gift of life and the miracle of our birth. They become thanksgiving.
Mother's Day is not a liturgical celebration of the church, although it is becoming so more and more. As we celerbate Mother's Day this Sunday take the time to reflect on what it means to do so in terms of confession and lament as well as in celebration and thanksgiving.

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