Thank God for Mothers

From the Pastor

As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13a

These are the words of God spoken to the children of Israel as they returned from captivity in Babylon.  In Luke’s Gospel Jesus speaks similar words of comfort to the people of Jerusalem, “How often I have desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,” Luke 13:34b.  It is good to reflect upon these feminine images of God found in the Bible during the month of May when we honor our mothers and other women of faith. 

Mothers do gather and comfort their children, as do fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles and other family members and caregivers.   We honor these important women in our lives not just because of the comfort, but also because of the inspiration, encouragement, and unconditional love they give.

Last fall, we celebrated the life of Helen Sullivan with her children and other family members.  A number of people spoke about Helen.  I remember the woman who spoke about being in Helen’s Campfire group and how her life had been enriched by Helen’s example of being a strong, capable, caring woman.  She said that Helen made her feel like she could do anything with her life.   God is this kind of mother to us!  We are comforted by knowing that we are loved, just the way we are and yet we are inspired to be better than we thought we could be.  This is grace!  

I have been blessed to be surrounded with loving and capable women all of my life.  My mother, daughter, grandmother, mother-in-law, sisters, professors, co-workers, and way too many friends to count have given me comfort and hope when I have needed it.  They have encouraged me in the past and still inspire me to move forward into being the person God created me to be. 

This month we remember mothers and other special women in our lives.  As you think of ways to honor them, I invite you to give the gift of water through Lutheran World Relief. Our youth have adopted a water purification system as their giving project for this year.  With our support they can provide clean water to an entire village and then women will not have to walk miles to find clean water and carry it back to their village.  

Thanks be to God for all the ways we are comforted and inspired.  Thank you God, for mothers!

May God bless you with comfort and hope,

Pastor Jocelyn