Yesterday was Mother’s Day and mothers all over the US were honored on a special day just for them. Churches recognized mothers of all ages, mothers with the most children, mothers with the youngest child, mothers with the oldest child, etc. etc. etc.
But where did the celebration of Mother’s Day really come from? Is it one of those US holidays created by florists and greeting card stores?
Let’s think about it in Biblical terms as we did in our Bible study last night.
On one of Paul’s missionary journeys (Acts 16), he wanted to go east to Asia to share with others about Jesus. But he couldn’t go east. He had to go west. On his journey west, he met a woman named Lydia. She was a wealthy individual in town, very influential, probably the family leader and money-maker. Her husband’s name is not mentioned in the text.
Paul shared about Jesus with her and she believed then invited him to HER house. It was probably her house since she was the leader and money-maker of the family.
These thoughts about Lydia’s important stand in society makes us think about interactions with other women in the Bible. Think about Mary. Why did the angel appear to Mary first and not Joseph? After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared first to the woman. Why not John or Peter?
Although Biblical society didn’t elevate women so much in the Bible readings, women are of high importance in the life of Jesus and his followers.
Yes, we must honor our mothers for all they do for us and the love they have for us. But let’s honor women as Paul honored Lydia and Jesus honored Mary. Happy Woman’s Day.