Happy Mothering Sunday!
As you may know, the origins of Mothering Sunday had very little to do with Mums but as time as gone on it has become a very helpful time to take stock and say thank you to our Mums! In fact, with international women’s day earlier this week, it is appropriate for us all, perhaps most especially men, to be value and appreciate the amazing role that women play across the world – from leading businesses and nations to churches, schools and charities, to the caring roles of health and social care and of course, parenting including motherhood. It is interesting to note that, with one of the largest changes around wedding law registration set to change this year on May 4th, mothers will finally now be identified as well as fathers in the registration of marriages.
Mothering Sunday can, however, be a challenging time as it can reinforce painful expectations – either of failures of our own parents or regarding the parents we had hoped to be. Mothering Sunday certainly stirs emotions – fond or painful. But God is a God who can handle our raw emotions, He gave them to us and he longs for us to share these feelings – joyful or sad with Him who brings joy out of weeping, and hope out of mourning.
As public worship at St Edward’s remains suspended and online for a few more weeks, we wanted to be able to provide a space for you to pray, to remember your Mums (especially as it is harder for many to visit at this time) and give thanks. It may be that, for those whose Mum’s have passed, being able to express the mix of emotions may be of help to you on this day. To aide with this, rather than the usual posies this year, we have created these cards that are blank on the back and you can use them to give to someone who may appreciate it or you may like to write a prayer or a memory on them and either take them with you or leave them in church. Rev Ann and I will be on hand to support if you would value pastoral support or prayer ministry. As we mark Mothering Sunday this year, may we give thanks to God for all seek to love, care and enable our flourishing.
You might like to join me in praying this prayer:
A Mother’s Day Prayer
Lord, on this day in which we honour mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb. We pray you give each mum strength. We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. May each mother find rest in you. Amen.