What El Shaddai Has to Do With Mother's Day
In May 2011, I was pregnant and wasn't "allowed" to celebrate Mother's Day "yet." I saved this card from my Great Aunt--it's a Mother's Day card. Even though I hadn't given birth.
The idea that your body must have given birth to a living child in order to be celebrated as a mother is utter drivel.
We wouldn't analyze a man's body before celebrating him on Father's Day, and we do, in fact, take great pains to show how God fathers us. But we get strict about who qualifies as "mother" and we don't talk about how God mothers us.
You know that Amy Grant song from back in the day about El Shaddai? It's one of God's names. Hebrew scholars tell us we've been translating it incorrectly all these years.
We've changed it to "God Almighty" but the root word is actually "breasts." El Shaddai means "God is my Breasts." If you've ever had the privilege of seeing a mother feed a tiny infant with her breasts, through which flow liquid her own body created, which will sustain and build his body exponentially for months if not years, after her own body literally built that small child--well, you have a taste of El Shaddai.
LISTEN. Do you nurture and love children? I celebrate you as a mother!
Do you pour into people around you, provide for them, anticipate and meet their needs?
I celebrate you as a mother!
Do you, in the spirit of Mary, say, "yes, Lord"? I celebrate you as a mother!
DO YOU SACRIFICE WITH YOUR OWN BODY AND HEART SO OTHERS MAY HAVE LIFE AND HEALING AND GROWTH? YOU ARE LIKE CHRIST, AND I CELEBRATE YOU AS A MOTHER!
PS Do you think Amy Grant realized she was singing about breasts?
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