Today We Honour Moms
A word from Pastor Derrick
Today I want to reiterate CLA’s strong commitment to parenting and children, especially to moms who are working hard to raise the next generation of Christ followers. I have so much respect for parents, it’s not for the faint at heart.
A recent New York Times article had the following title: “America’s Mothers Are in Crisis. Is anyone listening to them?” The article pointed to other headlines that repeat the theme like a drumbeat: “Working moms are not okay.” “Pandemic Triples Anxiety and Depression Symptoms In New Mothers.” “Working Moms Are Reaching the Breaking Point.”
You can also see the problem in numbers: Almost 1 million mothers have left the workforce—with minority and single mothers among the hardest hit. In 2020, almost one in four children experienced food insecurity. Philip Fisher, a professor of psychology who runs a national survey on the impact of the pandemic on families with young children, notes that the stressors on mothers are magnified by other issues, including poverty, race, having special needs children and being a single parent. Fisher told the Times, “People are having a hard time making ends meet, that’s making parents stressed out, and that’s causing kids to be stressed out. And we know from all the science, that level of stress has a lasting impact on brain development, learning and physical health.” Almost 70 percent of mothers say that worry and stress have damaged their health. The Times wanted to give mothers across the country the opportunity to scream it out, so they set up a phone line. Hundreds responded with shouts, cries, guttural yells, and lots and lots of expletives. A thirty-year-old mom with two kids under four captured what many moms are feeling with the following message: “I don’t know how to feel sane again. I’m just stuck in this position for God knows how much longer.”
On many occasions I pray for CLA’s parents to find their shelter in God. In Him there would be revitalization, focus and divine enablement for their tasks. Today we honour moms for their hard work and courage, especially over the past year. May God continue to anoint you for this important calling. Here are a few ways we stand with you to support.
- In prayer. We gather for prayer at 7 am, 7 pm daily often praying for our families.
- In Discipleship. We have places for you to connect with others for learning and growth.
- In Partnership. Our kids & youth ministries are here to augment your spiritual work.
- In Pastoral Care. Pastors remain available for meetings, support and guidance.
- In Community. You are not alone. There are others walking a similar path and you do not have to walk alone.
- In Mentorship. We have a network of one-on-one mentors ready to meet and support.
- In Counselling. We have professional Christian counsellors available through referral.
- Online. Through Zoom, weekend services and RightNowMedia we make worship and teaching available for encouragement and hope.