Proverbs 31:28 (ESV)
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.
Mothers are a gift from God, and every last person has one. So Mother's Day is really a holiday for everyone, a day for thanking God for his goodness in giving us mothers, and an occasion for letting that gratitude play itself out in tangible expressions of special honor.
One of my earliest memories of my mom is her serving at our church teaching the 4 and 5 year olds. One of her teaching aids was Cubby the bear. If we visited with Cubby today he might explain Mother’s Day like this.
Hi! My name is Cubby Bear. I'm a little Koala Bear. Did you know that today is Mother's Day?
One lazy Friday afternoon, Cubby Bear, Huggy Lamb and Kippy Kangaroo were having lunch. Just as Cubby Bear took a bite into his peanut butter sandwich, he had a thought: "Hey, guys, what are you gonna do for Mother's Day? Are you going to buy your mom a card, or do something nice for her?"
Kippy Kangaroo piped right up, "My mom's the Best! I want to do something really special for her!"
"Why is she the best?, asked Huggy Lamb.
Kippy Kangaroo got very quiet. "Well"....he said, "Uh....well, I don't really have a mom. You see. I live in the children's home. Shelly is my mom there. She is the mom for all of us there. She is really special. She is so-o-o kind and generous. She plans all kinds of neat activities for us to do. And, she takes really good care of me too."
Cubby Bear asked Huggy Lamb, "What's your mom like, Huggy Lamb?"
Huggy Lamb brightened up with a big smile as answered, "She is a lot of fun to be with. She has lots of good ideas of fun things to do. She stays inside and plays with me on rainy days. She is very patient and is always there to help me when I have a problem. She teaches me all kinds of neat things at home school too!"
"Wow! It sounds like your mom is a great mom too!" said Cubby Bear.
"Yep, she is!" replied Huggy Lamb. "What's your mom like, Cubby Bear?"
"Let's see...said Cubby Bear. "Well, my mom is a really good nurse when I'm sick." He thought some more. "And she's a really good cook too...Besides that, she's really smart. She knows how to buy all this great stuff at the best prices. She's a good listener too. And she always answers the questions I have about the Bible, or about God."
"Wow! That's really nice of her to take the time to answer your questions. Yeah, mom's are pretty cool, alright, agreed Huggy Lamb. "Hey, since the Bible says to praise our moms and honor them, let's show them how they special are to us...especially today on Mother's Day. Let's show our moms how much we love them.
Dear Lord, thank You for our mothers. We pray that You would protect them today and everyday as they take care of us in the Name of Jesus, Amen.