Whether you are fortunate enough to see your mother today, or if you’ll be talking to her on the phone, or thinking of her in Heaven, please take a moment to consider the other mothers who enrich your life – grandmothers, aunts, and friends. And, give thanks for the mothers of the church, the women who, regardless of their personal status as mothers, devote themselves to the children of God.

This congregation is so blessed by these women who serve quietly, humbly, and faithfully. You know some of them well – women like Sandra Masted, Donna Anderson, and Thelma Simmons, who are always leading us closer to the Lord.

But there are so many others in our midst, and you may not know them. You should, because these women are remarkable. They sing and teach, sharing their God-given talents to deepen our relationship with Him. They lead committees that grow and strengthen our community. They gather together to study the Bible and then share what they’ve learned with us, so we can grow in the Word. They tend to the altar and distribute the flowers, making our worship beautiful and sending that beauty home with us. They quilt and crochet, reach out with food and hope to those in need.

And like the most faithful of mothers, these women serve selflessly, serving all of God’s children because it is what He asks of us. They teach us by example, inspiring us to be more like them as they strive to be more like Christ. They honor the saints who came before them, minister to their peers, and lift up the generations that follow them, with love, justice, and grace.

We should thank the Lord for these women every day, just as we should thank Him for our own mothers daily. Today, take a moment to thank these women directly. If you don’t know any of them, stay for our Mother’s Day coffee on the patio and let me introduce you to one or two. You’ll be blessed to know them.

“For the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name.
His mercy is for those who fear Him
from generation to generation.”
Luke 1:49-50