I had the joy of spending this Mother’s Day weekend with my whole family, celebrating the contributions of both my Mom as well as my younger sister, who is now a mother herself.
As an appreciative onlooker, I view motherhood as a vocation—a glorious and natural calling of a woman that is both a lifelong privilege and a great responsibility. I admire mothers, and I salute them in their work and acts of love.
Martin Luther, the great 16th century theologian, had a lot to say about motherhood and family. Here’s just a sampling of what he said:
…the greatest good in married life, that which makes all suffering and labor worthwhile, is that God grants offspring and commands that they be brought up to worship and serve him. In all the world this is the noblest and most precious work, because to God there can be nothing dearer than the salvation of souls. …Most certainly father and mother are apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, for it is they who make them acquainted with the gospel. In short, there is no greater or nobler authority on earth than that of parents over their children, for this authority is both spiritual and temporal. Whoever teaches the gospel to another is truly his apostle and bishop. …See therefore how good and great is God’s work and ordinance! [Luther, LW:45-48]
As another Mother’s Day comes to a close, I honor mothers everywhere. For them, their labor never ends—every day is Mother’s Day.