Thursday, May 06, 2010
A Mother's Day Sermon...If I Had to Preach One
The Mother's Day Sermon. Oh how I have hated thee!
Usually one of three types of sermons are preached on Mother's Day. The first is one in celebration of Mother's. You know, "Mothers are awesome! God loves Mothers! Look at Mary!" The second is one telling Mother's how to be better Mothers. "Be like Mary or Hannah or..." "Happy Mother's Day...now here is how to be awesome as a mother." The third sermon we sometimes hear on Mother's Day is one that has nothing to do with Mothers. To be honest this is the one I usually prefer. Honor the Mothers...wait...all the women in the congregation and then preach on whatever you would have preached on if it were not Mother's Day.
I have not had to preach on Mother's Day yet. But I thought I would be preaching on Mother's Day this year but turns out it is not on the Sunday I am preaching next. So I was worried. What would I preach? I did not want to preach either of the first two kinds of Mother's Day sermons above but I would want to try and preach one of encouragement to Mothers. And I love the challenge of preaching a sermon that would be relevant for all who are in the pews...errr chairs.
OK, so here is where I would go with the sermon if I had to preach one...
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Thesis: Mother's, if you are in Christ Jesus, you ought to have no fear of condemnation because of your standing of righteousness because of Christ's work on your behalf on the cross.
Mothers, even though you may feel you are...
You are not condemned by messy homes.
You are not condemned by your lack of desire to homeschool.
You are not condemned by your personal sins.
You are not condemned by the knowledge of how easy it is for you to love one child more than another.
You are not condemned by your miscarriages.
You are not condemned by your lack of desire to have more kids.
You are not condemned by your inability to cook.
You are not condemned by being divorced.
You are not condemned by your desire to be alone, away from the kids for a time every. single. day.
You are not condemned by your body, which may not be what it once was.
You are not condemned by your failures as a mother.
You are not condemned by your rebellious children.
You are not condemned by the frustration of having to scrape mac & cheese off the kitchen floor. Again.
You are not condemned by all the fears and tears which flirt with insanity and take you to the precipice of despair.
You are not condemned by not being able to throw the party of the century for your kids.
You are not condemned for not feeding your kids meals that could only be made after a trip to Whole Foods.
You are not condemned by your need for a vacation.
You are not condemned for not living up to the standards of your Mother or Mother-in-law.
You are not condemned by the stares of those who have no kids when your kids erupt into volcanic screams in public places.
Mother's, though you may feel condemned, if you are in Christ, you are not condemned. Fight with this knowledge of what is real reality.
You are not condemned, because if you are in Christ, your identity...your righteousness is Christ alone. Therefore, enjoy the love and affection and acceptance of being a daughter perfectly loved with an unwavering love that flows from your Father in Heaven.
All those who are without mothers...
Do nothing as Husbands, Sons, Daughters, Mothers, Fathers, Mother-in-Laws, Father-in-Laws, friends, acquaintances and advice givers to diminish this reality. Nothing.