Ah! It is the merry month of May. And if that alliteration doesn't satisfy your need, add to it may the month of mothers! It is in this month that we traditionally celebrate mothers, and where we allocate a special day of honour and remembrance to them.
This reminded me of the picture God paints of Himself as a mother hen brooding over her chicks; "How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused!" (Matthew 23:37). This is such a beautiful analogy of the care of God over His children, and further strengthened by David writing that we can seek shelter in the shadow of God's wings (Psalm 91:1).
What really grabs our heart is the nurturing and caring that we receive from our mothers. Where would many of us be today had it not been for that caring touch of our mothers? So, let us celebrate them this month, but then, also take it a step further and celebrate them daily. Every day should really be a mother-appreciation day! Building on from there, every day should also be a father-appreciation, and children-appreciation day, since God is really passionately concerned for the well-being of healthy families.
God is a family-God... a relationship-God... a caring and nurturing God. So let us start off each day by making it a God-appreciation day. "This is the day the Lord has made, let's rejoice and be glad today!" (Psalm 118:24). God calls us His children and names Himself as our Father. What a special place of absolute security and safety that provides for each of us!
To all the mother-readers of this issue - we honour your love and dedication to seeing your family nurtured and cared for. We appreciate the hours of selfless sacrifice and the lesson we learn that the world doesn't revolve around us alone. The practical application of loving God first and then our neighbours as we love ourselves was in part learnt from the example set by our mothers.
Enjoy this issue of MyFaith Magazine!