Your Mother's Day sermon is important. Not only for the moms sitting in your congregation, but the rest of your audience as well. First time visitors, mature believers, and even small children need to hear you honor mothers and highlight Godly characteristics in these special women.
Start your sermon off strong with a bit of humor, a clever anecdote, or even a touching story.
Best Mother's Day Sermon Illustrations
→ A Mother's Arms
There was a teenager who didn't want to be seen in public with her mother, because her mother's arms were terribly disfigured.
One day when her mother took her shopping and reached out her hand, a clerk looked horrified. Later, crying, the girl told her how embarrassed she was. Understandably hurt, the mother waited an hour before going to her daughter's room to tell her, for the first time, what happened.
When you were a baby, I woke up to a burning house. Your room was an inferno. Flames were everywhere. I could have gotten out the front door, but I decided I'd rather die with you than leave you to die alone. I ran through the fire and wrapped my arms around you. Then I went back through the flames, my arms on fire. When I got outside on the lawn, the pain was agonizing but when I looked at you, all I could do was rejoice that the flames hadn't touched you.
Stunned, the girl looked at her mother through new eyes. Weeping in shame and gratitude, she kissed her mother's marred hands and arms.
→ The Ultimate Reward
"Motherhood is the ultimate reward and the ultimate sacrifice, all in the same breath"
- Laurel Biever, Counselor/Therapist
→ 10 Great Things About Mom
- Moms rarely refuse to take their kids to the emergency room
- Mom understands that you're not ready to quit sucking your thumb
- It's not cheating if she helps you write your paper
- Mom understands that you can't give up your blankie ... yet
- Only a mom could get all the socks organized
- Mary must have been a pretty great mom to Jesus
- When you've moved away, mom will send you newspaper clippings about your friends who stayed at home.
- Mom still uses that spoon rest you made in pottery class
- Mom went without a new winter coat for eleven years
- Mom cares, really cares, if you wipe your feet before you come in
→ A Noble Career
There is no career more noble than that of motherhood at its best.
There are no possibilities greater and in no other sphere does failure bring more serious penalties. To attempt this task unprepared and untrained is tragic, and its results affect generations to come. On the other hand, there is no higher height.
To which humanity can attain than that occupied by a converted, heaven-inspired, praying mother.
→ You Don't Know My Mother
A teacher asked a boy this question...
"Suppose your mother baked a pie and there were seven of you—your parents and five children. What part of the pie would you get?"
"A sixth," replied the boy.
"I'm afraid you don't know your fractions," said the teacher. "Remember, there are seven of you."
"Yes, teacher," said the boy, "but you don't know my mother. Mother would say she didn't want any pie.
→ What My Mother Taught Me
My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, "You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet."
My mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, "Because I said so, that's why."
My mother taught me FORESIGHT: "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
My mother taught me IRONY: "Keep laughing, and I'll give you something to cry about."
My mother taught me about STAMINA: "You'll sit there 'til all that spinach is finished."
My mother taught me about WEATHER: "It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."
My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: "Stop acting like your father!"
My mother taught me about ENVY: "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have a wonderful Mom like you do!"
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