Last changed: May 08, 2009 15:15 by Michael Crichton
God in his kindness designed us to live in close knit communities. At the heart of our communities is the family unit and at the heart of the family unit is the mother, who holds a unique and special place.
A mother has the privilege, joy and challenge of bringing to birth the next generation. She has a special bond with her children, that is very different from that of a father.
A mothers' love for her children is a deep well that often knows no bounds. It doesn't matter how old the children become - even into adult life - a mothers' love remains steadfast and true.
Often mothers feel taken for granted and unappreciated - yet they keep on loving. They drive many miles, help with many school projects, cook countless meals, wash endless piles of dirty clothes and shed many tears - all for the love of their children.
What an incredible blessing to have a mother who loves like that!
However, mothers are not perfect - they make mistakes, they yell sometimes in frustration, they call us to account when we least want it - but we love them no less because we know they are motivated by our good. They want what is best for us - even if we don't always agree. Mothers are a precious gift from God to each of us - and whatever state our relationship might be - there is much to thank God for.
In some respects, Mothers' Day should be no different to any other day when it comes to our wonderful Mum's. We should praise God for them and show them our love and appreciation - every day - for all they are and all they do for us.
We should also pray that as they carry out their unique role, with its privileges and responsibilities - they might know the great God who loved them so much that he sent his Son to save them. And secure in his love, they might continue to find joy and strength in loving those of us who delight in calling them, 'Mum'. Michael