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MOTHERING SUNDAY

From Wikipedia free Encyclopaedia, "Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. Secularly, it became an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents. ... In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions."

During Mothering Sunday, which actually started in the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church, the cathedral in their area or the main church for a service to be held on Leatare Sunday. The word Leatare is a Latin word which means "O be joyful" or "Rejoice." Synonyms of Leatare Sunday include Mid-Lent Sunday, Refreshment Sunday or Rose Sunday.

From Isaiah 66:10-11, we read “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.”

We can see from the above that Mothering Sunday is a day of rejoicing. It is a day when the whole family and church should be full of joy. A day when your mother should be reminded of the great things she has done for you and what she is to you.

THOT: Are you a blessing to your mother or a curse? You can change today and become a continuous source of joy to your mother. Remember that you did not choose her to be your mother. God gave you to her as a gift. You do not have any other mother. Cherish and love her.

Put a smile on the face of your mother and any one who play motherly roles in your life today. Buy her a gift that says "I love you and I know you." Call her on phone. Remind her of how valuable she is to you. Pay her a visit, if you can. Tell her you love her and let her know how much you value her.

Psalm 122:1 says, "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord!'" Mothering Sunday is a special day you have to be in church with your mother, if possible. Fellowship together, worship God together, pray together and appreciate God together for all He has done for you through your mother. Share blessed memories together. Prayerfully commit the rest of your lives together that God will make them very resourceful. 

THOT: You have been created to serve God. Team up with your mother and serve Him who created both of you.

Dearly beloved of God, I want to end this meditation with these words of Paul in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." 

I wish all our mothers a happy, prosperous and blessed Mother's Day celebrations in Jesus name.

Maranatha.

 

Ven. S. O. Makun

(Chaplain)

 

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