I’ve been hard at work this week trying to come up with a Mother’s Day sermon for this Sunday. I have to admit, it’s been harder than I thought it would be. You would think that, being a mom myself, the words would just flow out of me. Well, they haven’t. I feel a strong urge to make sure my message is relevant to everyone, and not just moms. So, this has been a struggle – how do you create a meaningful message for a diverse group of people and have it centered around Mother’s Day?
My response to that came easier than my sermon . . . I’ll “borrow” something from someone smarter than me!! Earlier this year I led a Bible study by a gal named Nicole Johnson. Nicole’s study titled “Keeping a Princess Heart in a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World” was a provocative study that I and about ten other ladies combed through over a 12 week period. This study came at a point in my life where I truly needed to hear the words, “You are ALWAYS a princess in God’s eyes!” I especially drew strength from the chapter called the “Invisible Kingdom.”
So, hence my “borrowing” (I’m trying not to say the more truthful word, and that’s STEAL because I’m totally taking her thought for my sermon – I promise that I plan to give her credit, though!) of the beautiful phrase I titled this post, “Invisibility is Love’s Most Beautiful Costume.” I feel called to help others see what I’ve been led to see this year – that love isn’t something we give with hopes of getting something in return. That love is an ACTION and not a feeling. Love is what died on the cross for all of us without anything being asked of us in return. God is love.
I’m looking forward to sharing this message. In many ways it will be a redemptive event for me as I share my own journey with this word, “love,” on Mother’s Day. I have had to struggle with this very concept and freely offer love and forgiveness when my emotions are hurt, anger, and spite. It is difficult for humans to give out of pure love and not want, need or expect something in return. Mom’s deserve a tremendous amount accolades for all they do . . . but do they do those things with the expectation that they are getting something in return? Do they live every day depressed because they didn’t get enough “thank you’s” from their kids/husband? What would life look like if we clothed ourselves in the invisibility cloak of love and just served the ones we love in secret, in silence? Served without expecting a single thank-you or accolade for our efforts? What if our motive stemmed purely from our desire to love as opposed to our need to be appreciated? Yea, I find that one pretty tough, too. But, is that not what Christ did for us? Ponder that one a bit and see where you end up. Did Jesus ask us for anything as he hung on that cross? Nope. If anything he asked for God to forgive his enemies. Wow.
I look forward to sharing my message Sunday. It will be a message of hope and encouragement as well as a message of appreciation (because, when it’s all said and done, it is Mother’s Day after all, and mom’s deserve a huge thank you!). So, happy Mother’s Day to you if you are a mom – you are a gift to us all!