As I think ahead to tomorrow, I just think church on Mother’s Day is AWKWARD!
And I get it. Church people are in a hard position. Acknowledge mother’s day? How much? How little?
There’s the new mom who will just be devastated if she isn’t recognized. She’s beaming as she clutches her 3 month old to her chest.
There’s the 80 year old great-grandma who lives for the day when she can be surrounded by her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She’s there wearing her corsage, looking all adorable.
There’s the woman who isn’t a mom and doesn’t want to be. But she feels the eyes of everyone looking at her, not standing up when it seems like all the other women in the room over the age of 25 are.
There’s the woman who isn’t a mom and does want to be. Desperately. And like the woman above, she feels everyone looking at her. But maybe she isn’t in church today after all, maybe she’s at home because she just doesn’t want the looks.
There’s the teen mom, who is a mom, but feels the embarrassment and maybe guilt of being a mom at 17.
There’s the mom who wants her family to appreciate her, but she’s disappointed in how they express it. In the past, her kids have been too little to do it “up right” and dad doesn’t know how to teach them what mom wants. So, she’s hopeful that “today might be the day” her expectations are meant, but she’s also a little wary.
There’s the mom whose kids haven’t turned out like she hoped they would and she doesn’t think she did a very good job. Sure, she’ll stand, but sheepishly. Apologetically.
There’s the mom whose kids are with her in church. And instead of looking proud of and grateful to their mom, they’re rolling their eyes.
Church on Mother’s Day: It’s AWKWARD. You should give someone a hug.