Here’s to all the dedicated women who tackle the world’s toughest job 24/7 and show the world the true meaning of generosity. This year, Americans will spend almost $20 billion on things like flowers, cards, and candy for Mother’s Day. But as Christians, aren’t we called to something more?
We recognize that not everyone feels joy on Mother’s Day, and maybe there’s something we can do about that. This day is an opportunity to think beyond our own families (and perhaps even our own pain) and celebrate and honor through our intentional acknowledgments of the ways the women we know have made a difference in our lives.
Here are 10 special opportunities to be generous this Mother’s Day:
- For the mom working on Mother’s Day: Watching families celebrate while you’re away from your own kids can be tough. If you’re in a restaurant or cafe, ask if your server has children and leave a generous tip, say a prayer, or offer her word of encouragement.
- For the foster or adoptive mom: Celebrate Mother’s Day by asking a foster or adoptive mom you know what might be meaningful to her or by finding out how to support them in your community. Better yet, invite your church to start supporting these families along with you.
- For the single mom: It’s always an act of kindness to ask a single mom what she needs help with – any time of year. For Mother’s Day, offer to cook dinner, help with childcare, or do chores, while she does something for herself. Creating time for a single mom to practice self-care may be a huge blessing for her.
- For the mom who’s lost a child: Make a mental note to call or send an encouraging email acknowledging her feelings. Learn more ways you can help a grieving parent.
- For the child who has lost a mom: Send a text or a card to say you’re thinking of them and praying for them. Knowing they are not alone in their loss can bring comfort and peace. And for young children, look for ways to support ministries like this one that come alongside kids who’ve lost a parent. Consider making a donation to a charity in a mother’s name.
- For the parent who has lost a spouse: It’s always better to say something rather than nothing, as long as you avoid platitudes. You might also consider bringing a meal or inviting them to your own family celebration.
- For the mom with an unplanned pregnancy: Get involved in her life if you can. Sometimes, just knowing someone cares and offering your “congratulations” is a meaningful encouragement. Consider giving to an organization that supports these women.
- For the refugee mom: Search your Giving Fund for an organization in your area that supports refugees. Contact them to see how you can welcome a refugee mom and her family. If your area hasn’t hosted many refugees, search for a support organization that collects diapers or baby formula and send them. These things are in short supply globally.
- For the woman who has been like a mom to you: Whether she’s a favorite aunt, a neighbor, a friend of your mom, or a grandparent, Mother’s Day is a great time to thank someone for the special role they have played in your life. Send a handwritten note or small gift.
- And last but certainly not least … For the mom who brought you into this world: Whether she’s still here or no longer with you, no matter how close or complicated your relationship is, take a moment to thank God for the gift of life she gave you through birth, and, if she raised you in faith, the joy of being born again!