It is Good to Affirm Motherhood

This month there is a day when we officially declare that we think mothers are incredible.

And for those of you who don’t think this is, or could be you, let me just say;

It is a day when we also recognise the importance of mothering, and personally, I don’t think you have to have birthed a child to be a mother…

Because mothering is about:

* Strong Gentleness

* Unrelenting Compassion

* Furious Love

Anyone can give that…

But as we approach Mothering Sunday, I want to highlight the maternal characteristics of God:

Did you know that the Bible has about 33 maternal images, feminine images of God?

God is described as a mother bear, a mother hen, an eagle, a woman in labour, a seamstress, a midwife and more!

And celebrate the way you reflect those aspects of God;

So to all you beautiful and amazing and strong woman – which is all of you; and to the men who know a woman, whatever her age, here is a message, I think you should hear…

God’s message to women

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man’s life. I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you. I modelled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully.

Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the centre of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart.

Support man as the rib cage supports the body. You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.

You are my perfect angel. You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes – don’t change them. Your lips, how lovely when parted in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form, your hands so gentle to touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I’ve held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like me. Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you: my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support. You are special because you are the extension of me. Man represents my image – woman, my emotions.

Together, you represent the totality of God. So man, treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you hurt me. What you do to her, you do to me. What you say to her, about her – you say about me.

In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father, and the heart of her Father. Woman, support man. In humility show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.

This month, be intentional; love God with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. Love one another as Christ loves you, and as you do, may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord’s face shine upon you. May the Lord show you favour and be gracious to you. May the Lord give you peace.

Mark

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