Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Divine Mother's Day
This was originally posted on May 7, 2011 after a girlfriend and I discussed the challenges of Mother's Day. My hope is that hearts will be opened and those who struggle with the day will be welcomed.
Her name is Nurture. She risked life to birth a person. She corrects those under her instruction. When advice is needed, it is her counsel we seek. Mother is who she is. The intention of Mother's Day is to take a moment and honor the gifts of this woman. For some the day is filled with laughter and joy. For others, it is a day of regret, filled with duty or loneliness.
My heart is pained for those who struggle with Mother's Day. Women who have experienced abortion or loss of a baby, face the emptiness. Those whose mother has passed on, gaze into loneliness. Others who have a strained relationship with their mother, practice the duty of honoring her station. These people stare blankly at the thousands of cards in the store. They painfully weed through affectionate declarations for a simple factual card; a needle in the haystack. For those looking on, what should our response be?
God is referred to as a loving Father. Scriptures support and help define what a loving Father should be. God takes that place for the Fatherless. The New Testament calls Jesus, the Son. He is our example of what we, as children, should act like. Those who struggle with the spiritual example of a mother search those same scriptures and wonder; who is the Mother to the Motherless?
In Genesis 1:1- the creation narrative- God decided to create, then he spoke. In John 1:1 we are told that Jesus embodied His spoken word. The Spirit hovered over the waters. The word used for Spirit here is Ruwach, a feminine noun. The Spirit was the application of thought and word to physically create.
In Proverbs 4, Wisdom is referred to as a woman. She wants to teach right ways of living. In the New Testament, Jesus tells his disciples he will send Holy Spirit to exist with them. The word for Holy Spirit is the gender-neutral noun, Pneuma. Jesus described Holy Spirit as comforter, teacher, counselor and nurturer: these are same roles as Wisdom in Proverbs. In our quiet moments with the Loving Creator we find the example of a loving mother in the person of Holy Spirit.
Jesus was teaching one day when he was told that his family was outside to speak with him. His response:
"Those who follow the will of my Father, they are my brother, sister and mother." Matthew 12:50
In Jesus, we are all family. No one should be alone or neglected. The great comfort for those who find themselves with out a mother or child on Mother's Day is the Divine. God is the complete and perfect parent. To those who feel loss in the day we should welcome them in as family to our celebration. For those who find the day empty; consider a woman who has filled the void and honor them. Her loving support should be recognized. This way all will experience the Divine Family Jesus was talking about.