Mother’s Day and Father’s Day arrive every year with their own sets of joy and baggage. For us as Christians, it’s an opportunity to remember the motherly/fatherly nature of God while honoring the good qualities of our temporal parents. This Sunday we’ll be thanking God for our mothers. At their best, they represent to us the nurture and love of God. In scriptures, the metaphor of motherhood is used to articulate God's love for us. Like a mother, God is:
For some of us, it's hard to imagine God as a mother because the church as been so emphatic on identifying God as father and male. Even Jesus called God, Father. And in so doing, he emphasized the intimacy and care represented by that title. However, by definition, God is greater than gender categories but also inclusive of them. God is BOTH father and mother, and so much more!
As the church, we acknowledge that everyone is in a different place around these “Hallmark Holidays”. We should honor each other in all the complexity these holidays hold. Together, let’s celebrate the greatest truth: God our Mother/Father loves us deeply and truly. For that, we are united in gratitude.
Rector's Corner posts written by Pastor Rebecca.