Mother’s Day is not on the traditional Christian calendar, but many churches observe it in some way. The church is at the intersection of faith and family life. Many dynamics spill over from family life into church life, because often several generations of families are involved in the church community. In addition, people act out of their family issues into congregational life, whether or not their families are part of the church.
To be most effective as a leader and in pastoral care, leaders need to deal with their own family history and how it impacts their functioning in the present. (Your mother doesn’t need to be living for this to be true!) What are your “hooks,” your emotional vulnerabilities? Learning to be more neutral about your family is a lifetime process. This will help you help the families under your care more than anything else you can do.