As Mother’s Day has approached, I’ve been thinking, even more than usual, about the mothers in my life. Not just my beloved mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers, all of whom are with the Lord now, no doubt wiping clean the faces of the cherubim. I’ve also been thinking about all the women of the church who, whatever their personal maternal status, are dedicated to raising the children of God.

I remembered my first choir director, who taught us to sing, but also to sit up straight and still, and, crucial for the young ladies of the miniskirt generation, to cross our legs at the ankle when we sat. All the organists who not only set the pace for worship, but set the standard for faithful service. The Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers who taught me the Gospel, as well as patience, perspective, and humor. The sisters-in-faith with whom I have studied Scripture, who have blessed me countless times with their insights. The wives of my pastors, who toil tirelessly to care for the family of faith.

And I thought of how richly blessed we are at Westchester Lutheran by the spiritual mothers of our congregation. We have strong, passionate women in every generation who lead by humble and dedicated example. They sing, play, teach, serve, study, and inspire. They laugh, weep, and pray with us. They encourage us and sustain us with love, prayer, and fellowship.

Today, as we celebrate the women who raised us, let us also celebrate the women who raise us up, the women who, through service, love, and example, lift us up to be the children of God we are meant to be. Seek them out this morning and thank them. Lift them up in prayer each day and thank the Lord for them. Go forth and strive to be more like them, for they daily strive to be more like Christ.

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

2 Timothy 1:5-6