26 MAR



Mothering Sunday

‘Jesus saw his mother standing there.’ John 19:26 NLT

Today is Mothering Sunday. A day for us to tell our mothers how much we appreciate everything they do, as well as being an opportunity to say thank you to anyone who loves and cares for us like a mother does. The Bible tells us numerous times to honour our parents, listen to them, and treat them with respect. But instead of thinking about those verses, let’s take a look at a time when Jesus honoured His mother, Mary. In John 19, as Jesus was dying on the cross, He saw Mary and the disciple John standing below, watching. 'He said to her, "Dear woman, here is your son." And he said to this disciple, "Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home’ (vv. 26-27 NLT). Jesus was being crucified; He was in unimaginable pain. But in the midst of His ordeal, His thoughts were for His mother, and to ensure she would have someone who would love, care and provide for her. Nailed to a cross and dying, Jesus did the simple but deeply loving act of asking Mary and John to become mother and son to each other. And that's something for us to think about today as we celebrate and honour mothers. Maybe for whatever reason you can't give your mum a gift or see her in person. It doesn’t matter why. Just do something simple and powerful, from a loving heart: take a few minutes to pray for her and to thank God for her. And even if things haven't been easy between you, remember that God’s at work in the situation, you just need to pray and allow Him to do the rest. Let's make today a day when we really show what God's love means by honouring and praying for our mothers and those who care for us.

What now?
What could you do to honour your mum today? Even if it’s just a little note saying thank you, do it. And remember to pray for her too. If your mum isn’t with you anymore, thank God for her life.

Luke 5:17-39, Ps 31-32


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