Watch out!

The pastor greeted one of his long-time members the week before Mother’s Day. She didn’t waste time with pleasantries, but just got to the point. “Preacher, I’m bringing my mother to church next week. If you are interested in your health, you’ll say something about mothers and it had better be good.” No pressure. I hope he survived.

We need to honor the women in our lives. We should be grateful for our mothers. We can agree that motherhood has been and will always be challenging. We can also understand that a day set aside to recognize those who brought us into this world or filled that role in our lives in other ways is a way to celebrate the gift of life.

Today’s moms face a balancing act most days. Research has determined that being the mother of preschoolers is one of the most stressful tasks anyone can attempt. A cartoon showed a woman in a counselor’s office. The counselor says to her: “Let’s see. You spend 50% of your energy on your children; 50% on your husband, and 50% on your career. I think I see your problem.”

Mother’s Day is not always easy. For some, biological motherhood isn’t possible. For others, motherhood is an unexpected experience, and not always a welcome one. For some, this is a day of grief over strained relationships. For some, sorrow is magnified as it accompanies the loss of loved ones.

I am grateful for the models I have witnessed, women who made and continue to make significant contributions in the lives of family, church, and community. We can be thankful that many of these women, in their roles as mothers, have enriched us.

An excerpt from John Killinger’s book, Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise:

“I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children they bear … I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of Him, both in this life and the next. And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets this greater love flow through her to her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch and the tears of her joy.”

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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