Mother’s Day sermons and blog posts have been trending on The Master’s Table for a couple of days now. Lots of search engine traffic. So it could be preachers mining my blog for sermon material but admittedly I sometimes do a Google search just to see what other guys are doing just to get started.
This post was written in 2009, three months before our daughter Johannah was born. One of the issues some have with recognizing Mother’s Day at church is that some woman that would like to be mothers cannot be while others have lost children. My Mother’s Day sermon in 2009 starts with a look into the experiences of Abraham and Sarah but takes a very personal turn. We had no way of knowing for sure that Johannah would be born healthy and happy on August 11th, her mother’s birthday, nor that subsequent issues would result in our never having any other children.
We feel blessed with our little family. We’ve made a lot of new friends, online and IRL, since this post was written a decade ago. It offers a glimpse into who we were and what we were doing back then. I enjoyed the look back. Here’s the link again, just thought I would share.
Here’s a couple of posts that have been getting increased traffic this week what with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend and all. Hopefully no preacher is looking for material at this late date but hey, I’m not here to judge.
This Mother’s Day Sermon was written in response to some gripes, actually. What many are looking for on Sunday morning, even mothers in the crowd, is the Gospel. Many in the crowd, including a few mothers, don’t want to hear another man read Proverbs 31 and tell them what biblical womanhood looks like.
A year later Instead of a Mother’s Day Sermon I preached about relationships. God is relational and a relationship with his people is what he most desires. Each relationship we develop, including with our mother/ with our children, helps us understand some aspect of what our relationship with God is like.
I talked to my mother yesterday, but will not see her on this Mother’s Day. She called to say my card arrived and that she enjoyed the Easter pics of her granddaughter. Her birthday is in a couple of weeks, and we’ll get there in plenty of time for that.
Last year I read a rant from a woman that refused to listen to one more preacher read Proverbs 31 and tell her how to be a godly woman. Right or wrong, she made a couple of good points. 1) She has a good teaching pastor that opened the Bible each week, delivered a solid scripture-based sermon and shared the Gospel. Mother’s Day each year turns into a one hour Hallmark card. 2) There are those in the church who may have lost a parent, or a child, or perhaps are disappointed they cannot become parents. Honoring mothers can be especially painful for those that have tried and failed. And we personally know what that’s like. So, here is the sermon I preached on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010.
God is relational. He seeks a relationship with his people, who in a general sense are all his children. Let’s begin with the relationship of marriage. Continue reading →
As I began preparing to preach on Mother’s Day, I searched the internet just to see what other preachers would be doing that day. What I ended up reading instead was a blogpost and comment thread about how most woman are unhappy with the Mother’s Day sermons they’ve heard in the past. Some felt the day should not be celebrated in church at all, while others thought the church should recognize mothers in some way and then the pastor should preach his message. More than a couple of commenters said that whatever text he was using, what they wanted to hear preached was the gospel! Amen to that. The general consensus was that too often the Mother’s Day sermon comes off as “light” and that wasn’t what the church needed. Continue reading →