Statistically speaking, after Easter and Christmas, Mother’s Day sees high attendance numbers at church. If you’re toying with the idea of sitting this one out, there’s still time to change your mind. Here’s why.
The Typical Mother’s Day Service
What goes on at church on Mother’s Day? There are frequently encouraging verses that talk about having children. The congregation may say “thank you” to mothers with thoughtful little gifts. Often, there are yummy goodies. Some moms may share their testimonies. Most importantly, there could be cute YouTube videos or special musical performances.
So, Why Do People Choose to Stay Home?
When you really want children but can’t have any, Mother’s Day is a tough pill to swallow. It’s hard to hear sermons about the joys of motherhood when you can’t become one. Or when you lost a child. Or when you just lost your mom. Or when you long to be married, but there is no chance of that happening any time soon.
It is tempting to suggest that the woman with these feelings ought to humble herself and rejoice with those who are rejoicing. But that is tremendously difficult to do when you grieve. Also, until we hold services that honor these grieving women to mourn alongside them, it is hard to make the demand that they show up for Mother’s Day to rejoice. That said, there are compelling reasons for showing up at church on Mother’s Day.
Here’s Why Church is the Right Place to Be on Mother’s Day
You showed up on Easter. You haven’t been back. Mother’s Day is the perfect reason to come again and reconnect with the new friends you made. And, if you’re honest, you really do want to spend more time with God and His family.
Besides that, make it an opportunity to honor your mother. Whether living or not, go in her honor and remember her. It is a bittersweet occasion, but one that can offer great healing. Remember also that church – on any Sunday – is open to all of God’s children. This means the ones who struggle, grieve, don’t fit in, and don’t think they belong.
If you are a mother yourself, take this one Sunday to bask in the appreciation of others. Getting a pat on the back is rare. Enjoy it.