You are a vessel of answered prayers.
There’s something beautiful about a pregnant woman. It’s “the glow” – this indescribable quality we just can’t nail down with words.
It’s more than aesthetic that we see in her…
It’s something sacred.
She’s set apart. Chosen for a special task that only she can do.
This woman has been marked physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and she will never be the same.
All of us can see it. Instinctively, we recognize the profound sense of potential, foreboding, and promise within her.
And we feel the weight of it.
But to what great work has she been called?
Birth pains… Diaper changes… An endless cycle of meals that need cooked?
No. The call of motherhood goes much, much deeper than that.
And it goes much farther than what a woman can accomplish on her own.
The call of motherhood is to give her life, body, and heart…
To firstly bear the great miracle of a new creation…
Then to nurture, guide, and protect the little miracle, and lastly…
To slowly, painfully relinquish her role as the nurturer
so that the little miracle can walk into a harsh world and make a family of their own.
She cannot do this on her own. It’s simply more than any person could possibly hope to accomplish with mere human ability.
It’s more than human.
The call of motherhood is divine.
It’s a part of the divine nature God gave to women when He made her in His image.
God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:27 TLV
Being a mom is more than breeding, more than breastfeeding, more than cooking, more than cleaning, more than babysitting.
Being a mom is to participate in God’s creative process, to share in His delight to bring about new life, to take part in the joy of nurturing a young life into maturity.
But being a mother is also to partake in the sufferings of Messiah.
It’s to feel the anguish of what’s to come for your little ones. It’s to feel the aching loss of identity when the little miracle comes—now you’re a mom!—and then to lose your identity all over again when the little miracle leaves to make their own way in life.
Being a mom is to give up your rights to fully determine your own destiny. Now, your choices will always be forged in the fire of your concern for your children.
There’s so much more to motherhood than work.
You, Mom, are more than a laborer or maidservant to do God’s bidding.
You, Mom, are a vessel for answered prayers.
Your body is a cathedral, a sacred place wherein God performs His hidden wonders.
Your womb is a Holy of Holies wherein God communes with your child in the most intimate way, preparing them for life ahead.
In you, God has set up His celestial workshop and is meticulously crafting His answer to the prayers of a thousand voices.
Your children are the answer to poverty, to cancer, to hunger, to injustice, to murder, to oppression.
Your children are what the world needs.
So thank you, Mom, for giving all of you for the call to motherhood.
Thank you for being the vessel in which God placed the answers to our prayers.
Thank you for giving your body, life, and heart to the work of mothering a new generation of men and women who will change our world.
Thank you for saying…
“Behold, the servant of Adonai. Let it be done to me according to your word.” – Miriam, the mother of Jesus
Mom, you deserve this day. No, not just because you work so hard.
You deserve it because of who you are.