“Our mothers and grandmothers, some of them: moving to music not yet written. And they waited.They waited for a day when the unknown thing that was in them would be made known” – Alice Walker
In preparing for our Mother’s Day worship, I have been reading parts of Alice Walker’s “In
Search of our Mother’s Gardens.” I must admit that Mother’s Day for me is a sad and grittier ‘holiday’ than what is portrayed in stores and television. My relationship to motherhood is complex and brings up all kind of feelings, as I think it does for so many of us. How can we honor the full messy complexity that is motherhood? The Strong Families’ Mamas’ Day celebration has helped do what they have rebranded as “Mama’s Day.” Just scrolling through the artwork they offer for their Mamas’ Day ‘e-cards’ makes me feel more at peace– this is a way I can do Mother’s Day that feels authentic, spiritually grounded, and real.
I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday for our “All Kinds of Mamas” service, where we will create a space honoring the fullness and diversity of motherhood, recognizing the magic and heartbreak of being a mama.