In the midst of the current Coronavirus pandemic, I kind of feel like Mother’s Day has crept up on so. But in the middle of this uncertainty, perhaps it is more important that ever to remember our mothers, and other people in our lives who care for us, love us, provide for us, and look out for us.
Right now, there will be mothers who cannot see their children, mother’s living in nursing homes unable to receive visitors, mothers adapting to working from home or the closure of schools, mothers working incredibly hard in our health service and in other vital roles, and children worried about the health of their mothers.
So, let’s continue to celebrate Mother’s Day, but perhaps in a new way. Here are just a few of my ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day whilst self-isolating:
Whilst we may not be able to see all of the motherly figures in our life in person today, why not pick up the phone and give them a call? If you are able to use video calls, even better, but even a phone call will make a huge difference to those who are feeling isolated. But don’t limit this just to your biological mother, why not phone round all of those people who have played a motherly role in your life: grandmothers, aunts, friends, godparents and more. I’m sure they would all appreciate a chat!
Attend a Mother’s Day Service
For many people, attending a Mothering Sunday service is a tradition that you unable to take part in this year because public worship services have been suspended. But many churches have come up with creative ways to help you virtually attend a Mother’s Day service instead, from live streaming to recorded services. Check out your local church’s website to see what they are doing, if they aren’t able to do this you can join the Church of England’s service here.
Plant a bulb
Hopefully, if you have a dig around your shed/cupboard/garage you might be able to find some spare bulbs or seeds. Depending on the situation, and the current rules, in your area you may still be able to go to the garden centre and pick a few up (please only do this is it is safe, you are not displaying symptoms, and this is inline with your governments advice). Planting something new, whether in a pot or in your garden, is a great way to focus upon the patience we need to get through this situation (as well as the patience our mothers have shown to us over the years). Perhaps this bulb will grow into a plant that you could give to your mother when you are able to see her again.
Make cards for other mothers
Whilst I hope that by this stage you have already sent a card to your own mother, there are plenty of mothers who are currently particularly isolated, or unwell, or under significant pressure at the moment. Why not make cards for them too? You could give cards to the local nursing home, your neighbours, doctors and nurses at the local hospital, and your teachers.
A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day whilst self-isolating is to look back on all the memories you have made with your mother, your family members, your friends. Why not spend some time looking through your photos and putting together a scrapbook of your memories? This could even make a great gift too.
Last year for Mother’s Day I wrote a blog post of 8 people to pray for this Mother’s Day. This year, I think we should continue to hold all of these people in our prayers, but I think there a considerable number that should be added to this list, specifically in the current situation:
- Those who have lost their mother to the Coronavirus
- Those who are fearful for their mother’s health
- Mothers working in our NHS and care system
- Mothers and grandmothers who are at-risk and cannot see their families
Who else do you think we need to add to this list?
Prayer is an incredibly powerful tool, and we need it now more than ever. Whilst the situation may be changing daily, our God is not – he is the same yesterday, today and forever, and he continues to hear our prayers.
How else could we celebrate Mother’s Day whilst self-isolating?