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Mother’s Day 2020

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For you (O Lord) created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

– Psalm 139:5

As this strange year of our lives continues, the events of life (and death) roll on. Now May has arrived and it is Mother’s Day again. What does Mother’s Day mean for you, and how will you celebrate it in this COVID-19 world?

Generally, we all understand it as a day to celebrate mothers. Personally, it is a day to honour the mothers in our own lives. Motherhood is a noble and fulfilling state – it brings great joy; it can be a source of great pain.

It is important to honour our mothers every day, not just on Mother’s Day. But designating a special day does provide the opportunity to express our love and thanks in ways that we may not think to do on other days.

For me, it has been a significant twelve months.

In July, I became grandmother for the first time as we welcomed Joy into our family. And what a joy she is! There is something inexpressibly wonderful about the blessing such a small person can bring to a family.

Then, in January, my Mum passed away, and so the joy of grandmother-hood has been tempered by the loss of my lovely Mum. My family is thankful to have had her for so many years – but I think we all expected there would be more time than there was.

So, this Mother’s Day marks a number of firsts for me – first one as a grandmother, first one for my daughter as a new mother, and first one for me without my mother. As such, it brings with it a mix of emotions.

This mix of emotions is, I think, normal for many people as we celebrate the day. As we celebrate and give thanks for our own mothers, it is good to remember that for many it can also be time of great sadness – a hard day– as they grieve a recent loss, deal with the ongoing pain of infertility, or face disappointment as singleness means there is no opportunity to become a mother. Others struggle with hardship as a single mum, or with disappointment with their own mother. These are deep and difficult struggles and we should strive to be sensitive to them.

Mother’s Day 2020 reminds me to thank God for the mother he gave me, and to praise him for his many kindnesses to me in granting me the great joy of being a mother and now also a grandmother. It also prompts me to pray for those who find this day particularly hard, that they would know the God of all comfort in a deep and abiding way.

Whether you be a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, or godmother, or aunt by blood or friendship – may you be blessed and be a blessing to others this Mother’s Day and throughout the year ahead.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children

– Proverbs 17:6

Megan Engel (5pm congregation member)

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