Are you still trying to figure out something to do this Mother’s Day that you haven’t done before? After a while, new ideas can be harder to come by.

Why not spend this Mother’s Day showing Mom your love and showing love for other people’s mothers – namely, friends or church members who are single moms or older moms whose children have grown up and moved away?

Throughout the Bible, God tells us to love and serve people who are often overlooked. And it’s no mystery why: single parenting, for example, comes with an abundance of challenges. This Mother’s Day, why not share the joy of motherhood with moms who are lonely or going it alone?

  • Mother’s Day Sunday. At your church, children can be given flowers to hand out to their mothers, grandmothers and all the women in the church who are mothers.

  • Treat other mothers to a special dinner. Invite a handful of single moms or moms whose kids are far away over for a Mother’s Day supper. Treat them to a night off from cooking with an informal barbeque (with Dad at the helm of the grill) or take-out from a nearby restaurant. This is a great way to fellowship and celebrate motherhood together. This can also be an opportunity to get to know families from your neighbourhood who don’t yet know Christ.

  • Turn childcare duties over to Dad for the afternoon. While Dad looks after the kids, have some fun girl-time with a single mom, and do things she couldn’t normally do with the kids in tow. One of the hardest things for a single mom is finding time for herself. This is a great gift you can give any single parent!

  • Consider moms who have lost their children, but of course, use your discretion. A mother who has lost her child (whether recently or a long time ago) may feel especially depressed on Mother’s Day. One of the best things you can do to love these moms is to be there for them. Supporting her and her husband through intentional fellowship can greatly encourage their broken hearts.

Celebrating other moms on Mother’s Day doesn’t mean Mom should get overlooked. Dad and the kids can still lavish her with tokens of their appreciation – but aren’t celebrations even more fun when there are more people to be blessed?

Matthea Schumpelt was an associate editor at Focus on the Family Canada at the time of publication.

© 2008 Focus on the Family (Canada) Association. All rights reserved.

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