I grew up with this as one of the sacred holidays right alongside my Mom’s birthday in order of importance. I never understood how it could be more important than Christmas but I’m beginning to understand.
We would wake up and go to church together, my brother and I would sit with our Mom, flanking her on either side, then when we got home we’d make an excuse to go out, buy flowers and a nice card and offer it to her as our way of honoring and appreciating her for what she did. It missed the mark by a vast amount but my Mom was always incredibly thankful. I grew up hearing we should honor our Mother. This is made very clear as we see it showing up as one of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:12. But what does it look like to honor your Mother? When I came across Proverbs 23:22-25 I understood just a little bit better. “May she who gave you birth be joyful”. Mother’s have an innate ability to be joyful in their children when they have no reason to be. But it’s the moments when I know I made my Mom proud with the choices I made that I remember and can proudly say, “I honored my Mother in that moment”. Honor your Mother today, show her she has a reason to be joyful!