Every mom handles Mother’s Day differently. Some want a full day of celebration with their children all around them. That’s why church attendance will jump significantly this Sunday. Many moms will drag their adult children to church with them. Other moms would rather get some alone time. Whatever your mom’s Mother’s Day wishes might be, here are seven things you can write on that special card you are going to buy her (or make her).
Honoring Your Mother
Even as Jesus hung dying on the cross, he was thinking of his mother. He saw her standing below him experiencing the horror of the moment. He wanted to make sure someone would take care of her (John 19:26-27).
Legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant was making a commercial for Ma Bell about long distance phone service (remember what that was?).
He was supposed to look into the camera with his tough football coach eyes and say, “Have you called all your Mama today?”
He delivered the line perfectly with his no-nonsense, championship coach voice. Then he went off script. His eyes softened and looking straight at the camera he added, “I sure wish I could call mine.”
The producers knew they had a winner. The used the first take.
Seven Suggestions for What to Say or Write
Mother’s Day, whatever else you make of it, is the day we honor our mothers. As you sit, pen in hand, pondering what to write on the card you bought her, consider these possibilities (along with Scripture references).
1. Thanks for everything you taught me.
“My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9).
2. Thanks for all the times you comforted me.
“I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child” (Isaiah 66:13).
3. Thanks for always building me up.
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down” (Proverbs 14:1).
4. Thanks for being patient with me.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).
5. Thanks for all you sacrificed for me.
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion-how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, lets not just merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions” (1 John 3:16-18).
6. Thanks for all your hard work.
“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she provides instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness” (Proverbs 31:26-27).
7. I honor you because you deserve it.
“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise. If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3).
Call your Mama and tell her that you love her. Tell her one (or all) of the things I suggested above.
Have you called your Mama today?
My wife and millions of others would say, “I sure wish I could call mine.”