Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the USofA. If you have children, I hope the kids and their dad appreciated you in a loving way.
Lori and I spent our Sunday morning in the nursery. She is there often, and I fill in when someone doesn’t show. Doing it together on Mother’s Day meant none of the mothers had to sit in the nursery. Seems like the least we could do.
The sad truth is our society is increasingly child unfriendly. While kids are safer now than at any time in the past, a growing number of people don’t like the “bother” caused by children. Even sadder, the church is not immune to this. It is increasingly common to find meetings that do not provide childcare, and gatherings that are unwilling to “put up with” the interruptions associated with having children attend. I agree there need to be times and gatherings for adults only, but they seem to have become the norm rather than the exception.
This change hits mothers hard. I see mothers who can’t attend a meeting because they have to take their kids across the street to a park or try to keep them quiet in a room down the hall. Good fathers do their best to take on some of this, but it tends to fall on mothers for a variety of reasons.
In some ways, it’s the best time in history to be a mother, but it’s also a very lonely time to be raising children. I’m sorry about this, and I’m doing what I can to combat it. Please know there are people who value your being a mother as much as God does.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and Lori has been a fantastic mother!