Summary: This sermon is designed to encourage Mothers, not increase their guilt or anxiety about Mother’s Day, which can be a traumatic day for some people.
“A Mother’s Day Card From God”
INTRODUCTION: Today is “Mother’s Day”!
I have a PROBLEM with Mother’s Day!
It’s not that I don’t LIKE Mother’s Day … or that I DISAGREE with it … or that I DREAD it.
My PROBLEM is … that I don’t know how to preach a good Mother’s Day sermon.
Mother’s Day is perhaps (for me) the most difficult sermon to preach all year.
I have preached many Mother’s Day sermons.
Last Year – “A Mother’s Life” – an expose on motherhood.
2001 – “The Heart Of A Mother” – The Shunammite Mother – 2 Kings Ch. 4
2000 – “How To Treat A Lady” – Not very popular with the men!
1996 – “Jezebel – A Mother In Contrast” – my favorite M.D. Message! (Harriet doesn’t like this one!)
WHY is it so HARD to preach a Mother’s Day message?
BECAUSE … While Mother’s Day can be a very happy, joyous day … it can also be a very sad day … a day of pain & grief.
Not everybody looks forward to Mother’s Day.
o Maybe you have recently lost your mother … and you are experiencing the pain of your loss.
o Maybe you have lost a child … and your heart grieves on Mother’s Day.
o Maybe you are having difficulties with your Mother … your Mother wasn’t the IDEAL Mother we like to preach about … and you have bad memories of your Mother.
o Maybe you have some guilt feelings about your motherhood … and you have children problems … or marriage problems.
o Maybe you were never able to have children … and Mother’s Day isn’t a joyous occasion for you.
o Maybe you never had a real mother … and were raised in a foster home, or by relatives.
o Maybe you are a single Mom … and are struggling with being a good Mother to your children.
Not every home is like the “Cleavers” … or the “Brady Bunch” … or “Father Knows Best” … or the “Ozzie & Harriet Nelson Family”.
Maybe your home is more like the “Ozzie Osbourne Family” than it is the “Ozzie Nelson Family”!
Some of you have been raised in good Christian homes … HAVE wonderful parents … and ARE wonderful parents.
I thank God for you … and you should thank God, too … AMEN?
TODAY, I want to ENCOURAGE each of you … especially the Mothers.
Each of you have been affected by Motherhood in 1 way or another … for good or bad.
Everyone here either: HAS a mother … HAD a mother … IS a mother … is MARRIED to a mother … or KNOWS a mother.
Motherhood has affected you in 1 way or another.
I have a message for you today, this Mother’s Day, from God.
I want to read to you “A Mother’s Day Card Sent From God”.
Most Mother’s Day Cards have a little message printed inside of them.
You go to great care to pick out one that matches your sentiments for your mother.
It’s important what’s written in a Mother’s Day Card.
If you buy a CHRISTIAN card, there is usually a verse of Scripture printed in the card.
That’s what God’s Mother’s Day Card has in it (see bulletin insert).
Mothers have a very difficult job … more of a MINISTRY than a job.
God doesn’t bless you with Motherhood … then leave you to hang out to dry.
He’s given you His Word … to encourage you … help you … bless you … comfort you … give you direction.