PITTSBURG — Mother’s Days are not always the most joyful day for many.
The Pittsburg Presbyterian Church will host a Mother’s Day service called “Tears in a Bottle” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for people who have suffered a loss, had a change in their relationship or had a troubled past.
“Simply put, Mother’s Day is not always the happiest day for everybody, every year,” Reverend K.O. Noonoo said.
During the service, there will be scripture readings, gentle music, calm lights, time and space for prayer, and light refreshments followed by the service.
Noonoo said the purpose of the special service is to encourage people to share in their sadness and grief, let them know they are not alone, and provide community support.
This service is unique in that people will be in a horseshoe shape to bring everyone into an inclusive circle, Noonoo said. Each person will be given paper tears, on which they are welcomed to write what their “reason for tears” is, place it in a bottle and share it throughout the service.
Noonoo said he found the idea in a church magazine. From there he read an article called “Tears in Your Bottle.” The story comes from an ancient Israel practice of when somebody died they would collect the mourner’s tears to participate in the mourning.
“The community gathers and they literally bring little vessels or little bottles,” Noonoo said. “They come and gather tears as a way of participating in the grief of the neighbor and take it with them … when there is reason for sadness, God also shows up with God’s bottle and gathers our tears into God’s bottle ... in other words we are not abandoned, were not just simply judged or thrown away and condemned.”
The church will also host an additional Mother’s Day service Sunday.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.