by Dave Gustavsen

Real Greatness: A Mother's Day Sermon
Dave Gustavsen
Mark 9:33-37

Sharon Twitchell wrote a poem called ''Before I Was a Mom.'' Let me read you a few lines:

Before I was a mom, I made and ate hot meals. I had unstained clothing. I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a mom I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot the words to lullabies.

Before I was a mom I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, chewed on, peed on, or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a mom I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts, my body, and my mind.
I slept all night.

Before I was a mom, I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests or give shots.

I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.

I never knew that I could love someone so much.

I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Motherhood is an incredibly high calling, and it's not an easy calling. So today, it is very appropriate for us to pause and say, ''Thank you'' to our mothers, and to honor them, and thank God for them.

At the same time, I realize that Mother's Day is not a very happy day for some of you. For lots of different reasons. I know some of you lost your mother recently-and you really miss her. Maybe you don't have a very good relationship with your mother, so it's hard for you to hear all these nice things said about moms. Or maybe your kids are grown up and out of the house, and you have some deep regrets, and you wish you could go back and do motherhood over again. Or maybe you'd love to be a mother, and that just hasn't happened. So if Mother's Day is a painful day for you, the most important thing I can tell you is that God understands, and he cares deeply about that. And my prayer today is that God Himself will minister to you in just ...

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