Happy Mother’s Day

Here is a holiday that needs no reclamation, that we know how to celebrate: Just heap acclaim on mothers and pamper them totally. A reminder to all men and other children: Get a card; if you do not go out to eat, fix dinner yourself (which may score you even more points); do not go to some meeting after church; let mothers do NO WORK.

There. I’ve reminded you and, I suspect, saved many of you much grief and guilt. You can find some way of paying me back later.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://theabrahamsons.blogspot.com Pr. Joe Abrahamson

    Gene,
    My wife and I are parents of 9 children. I and the children depend on her for more than anyone has a right to ask of any other person. We are indebted to her beyond measure, as both my wife and I are to our own mothers and grandmothers….

    You say that this day “needs no reclamation.” I’d add that if a Confessional Lutheran Pastor sticks to the Historic Lectionary that mothers would learn well what the love of God is toward them. And their families would honor them as in Prov. 31.

    Yes, I’ll do the considerate gestures for my wife and my own mother on mother’s day, both for myself and for our kids. But on Pentecost I will preach to her, my children, and my 4 congregations about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as promised by Christ on the night He was betrayed. And, God willing, I will show my wife, and all the rest how utterly vile we all are before God according to His Law–and how unapproachably beautiful my wife, and all the rest, are because of the Grace of God shown to us in Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit in our Baptisms.

    We have Epiphany 1-Mary’s quest for Jesus in the Temple; Epiphany 2-The Wedding at Cana and Marriage; and The Annunciationn (March 25th); three days of the year dedicated to the role of the Mother in Motherhood, Marriage, and the great example of humility in the Virgin Mary. Let us not forget to preach properly on those days of the Church Year while at the same time neglecting the lessons for the day on Pentecost.

    Mothers need these lessons as much as anyone else.

    I enjoy your blog and your books.

  • http://theabrahamsons.blogspot.com Pr. Joe Abrahamson

    Gene,
    My wife and I are parents of 9 children. I and the children depend on her for more than anyone has a right to ask of any other person. We are indebted to her beyond measure, as both my wife and I are to our own mothers and grandmothers….

    You say that this day “needs no reclamation.” I’d add that if a Confessional Lutheran Pastor sticks to the Historic Lectionary that mothers would learn well what the love of God is toward them. And their families would honor them as in Prov. 31.

    Yes, I’ll do the considerate gestures for my wife and my own mother on mother’s day, both for myself and for our kids. But on Pentecost I will preach to her, my children, and my 4 congregations about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as promised by Christ on the night He was betrayed. And, God willing, I will show my wife, and all the rest how utterly vile we all are before God according to His Law–and how unapproachably beautiful my wife, and all the rest, are because of the Grace of God shown to us in Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit in our Baptisms.

    We have Epiphany 1-Mary’s quest for Jesus in the Temple; Epiphany 2-The Wedding at Cana and Marriage; and The Annunciationn (March 25th); three days of the year dedicated to the role of the Mother in Motherhood, Marriage, and the great example of humility in the Virgin Mary. Let us not forget to preach properly on those days of the Church Year while at the same time neglecting the lessons for the day on Pentecost.

    Mothers need these lessons as much as anyone else.

    I enjoy your blog and your books.


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