Happy Mother’s Day!

On Sunday mornings, I awaken to the sounds of “Be Still and Know.” It’s one of my favorite hymns. This morning as I listened to it, I was struck by the fact that all the references to God were masculine. “Be still and know that He is God,” for example. I thought why not “She is God” once in a while. Is the masculine form the only divine one? Can only men create?
When referring to male-female differences, a therapist friend of mine is fond of saying, “Women are human beings. Men are human doings.” It makes the point that women are invested first in relationships while men strive for accomplishments. Women are about belonging; men about achieving.
That doesn’t mean that women don’t achieve. Far from it. Amelia Earhart flew around the world. Danica Patrick flies around the track. Babe Didrikson Zaharias pioneered women’s professional golf in the 1940’s. The Associated Press named her the Top Female Athlete of the 20th Century. While the Babe ushered in professional golf for women, Annika Sorenstam closed out the millennium by winning 72 tournaments, while being honored as the Female Athlete of the Year eight times.
Those are only athletes, you say. Well, what about world leaders? The list includes Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, and Helen Clark of New Zealand, who took office as prime minister in 1999 and is still at the helm. Or consider Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and reported by Forbes to be the most powerful woman in the world.
Science and medicine? Have you heard about Florence Nightingale? How about Madam Curie? Here’s a short poem written some time ago by a female scientist:
The true woman who possesses exceeding wisdom,
She consults a tablet of lapis lazuli
She gives advice to all lands…
She measures off the heavens,
She places the measuring-cords on the earth.
The author’s name is EN HEDU’ANNA. She was an astronomer. Not familiar? I’m not surprised. She was a Babylonian priestess who lived somewhere in the neighborhood of 2350 BCE. Dr. Anna is the first known female scientist on the planet. This poem, unfortunately, is the only writing we have of her, but make no mistake. She was important. No leader could claim legitimate title unless approved by the astronomer high priestess.
And then there’s the military. Women routinely serve our Armed Forces, not only in support roles, but side-by-side with their male counterparts in combat, leaving their families to attend their posts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the mothers, wives and daughters of our country certainly are not the first women to do so. How about Joan of Arc for instance?
Female accomplishments in what many of us have considered traditional male roles are indeed a tribute to women. And those who have pioneered paths to the frontiers of gender equality rightfully deserve honor and respect. But there is another aspect of women that is far more worthy of consideration. And that is the capacity of women to love others.
Love is what makes women spiritually superior to men. Guys, we need to face it. When it comes to what is good, what is beautiful, what is enduring, women lead the way. And the greatest example of this unselfish love is motherhood.
Women give their time, attention, and devotion to children. Women give their bodies, their youth, their health, and some give their own lives in order to create new life. Virtually all women give tirelessly to sustain and enhance life. All women are our mothers.
Women do this because they are “all about” relationship. They know how to love unselfishly. It’s built in. The earliest feminist studies clearly demonstrate that while the males of our species are busy trying to win contests, women “tend and befriend” so that we can all win.
In John 15:13 Jesus tells us, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” That’s what women do. Every day. All the time. They have shown us this love throughout history. Women are truly the gospel everyone reads.
One day to honor all women by recognizing their motherhood is a paltry gesture in relationship to the gigantic contribution women make to the world. Nonetheless, this is that day. So of course it is politic to buy a Mother’s Day card for the women to whom we are so deeply indebted, to take them to lunch, bring them a spring bouquet and remind them that they are loved. We must never forget to do that, because mothers love us too much to ask for these things. They likely would feel selfish.
But we could do so much more to show our appreciation. We could honor mothers by acknowledging women as the spiritual leaders they are. We could stop fighting. We could say “I love you” more often and mean it. We could put the needs of our mothers ahead of our own—at least for a few minutes a day, every day.
Well, that might be too much to ask. Maybe one day a year is all we can really muster. If that’s the case, then we need to make this day special enough to be remembered all year by those who gave us life. And for all those who sustain it, which means every woman. So take the time right now to honor them. Turn to every woman around you and tell them, “Thank you for all you do for my life.”
And I thank you. Each and every woman who hears or reads this please know that no words are enough to show my gratitude for your unselfish love, for giving me life, for showing me how to live, for teaching me to love. On this Mother’s Day and every day, may God bless you richly as you have blessed the world.

About drfred60

I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor at PhD level. Please visit my website: www.cappsand.com
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