Well I went to honor my mom Friday. It was one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever seen. Of course she wasn’t there, just the headstone for her and my dad as a marker of memory for who they were. One of my daughters was with me along with her kiddos. We walked the place and talked about quite a few people there that we had known, some friends some family. I always miss my mother this time of year.
Oh beloved, Mother’s Day is wonderful and terrible at the same time. While we enjoy celebrating our mothers, everything and every mother isn’t so perfect. I know this because I am an imperfect mother. I even measure myself against my own mother and come up quite short. She was the best. Others of you are not visiting graves, but still with this season of sickness you can’t see her in person and oh how that hurts.
But listen, beloved, God wants to speak to your heart. He wants you to know that He doesn’t measure things the way the world does, nor does He measure them the way we tend to do. He doesn’t have a book of every mistake your mother made, nor every mistake you’ve made as a mother. He has a Book that says fall into His loving arms and accept His grace. He has a book that says His mercies for you are new every morning. His book lists the redemption, the restoration and the reckless love He has for you. Reckless, in that He doesn’t hold a thing against His own. He is mindful that mothers are human. He is mindful that people are fallible. He doesn’t disconnect from you every time you remember mistakes of your own mother or mistakes you made. His love sent His own Son to the cross to be perfection sacrificed for imperfection. How wonderful is that? It gives you breath to arise this morning and give yourself peace. Peace for the life you wanted to have. Peace for the troubles you want to forget. And peace for even the times that you cannot do what you want to do. Oh how wonderful is this life of faith! You are surrounded by His glory and nothing will ever separate you from His love!
God loves you and He’s for you. Today. Right now. Even if you get no card, He has given you the Book of Love to read over yourself. Even if you want to stay in the bed and miss the day, or you miss your mom because she’s gone. Oh listen precious one, rise up this morning and accept the truth – that you are chosen in Christ to live a life of faith and virtue. And then accept His deliverance from self. And live in the Light of His wonderful and amazing mercy and grace!
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:10 And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Psalm 57:10 For Your loving devotion reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Psalm 130:3-4 LORD, if You kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But You offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear You.
Psalm 4:6 Many ask, “Who can show us the good?” Shine the light of Your face upon us, O LORD.