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A cross section of mothers during the Church service to mark 2024 Mothering Sunday at Our Saviour’s Church, Durumi, Abuja

Mothering Sunday: Worship God always, Primate Ndukuba’s wife urges women

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By Emmanuel Afonne

Mrs Angela Ndukuba, wife of the Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has called on women to constantly worship and praise God irrespective of the circumstances they find themselves in the country.

Ndukuba, who is also the President, Women’s Guild and Mothers’ Union arms of the Church, communicated this at this year’s Mothers’ Day celebration and Mothering Sunday at Our Saviours Anglican Church, Durumi, Abuja.

Speaking on this year’s theme the ‘Ruth: the Virtuous Daughter in Law’, Ndukuba urged women to emulate the biblical Ruth, who after losing her husband, closely followed her mother-in-law working very hard to provide for the two of them.

“Ruth showed exceptional love and devotion to her mother-in-law; she embraced the worship of the God of Israel.

“Ruth was truly a virtuous mother and Noami returned Ruth’s love by helping her get married to Boaz, and she became the great grandmother of King David; Jesus is a descendant of King David.”

Ndukuba also called for love and tolerance, especially among family members.

“Ler this year’s Mothering Sunday be a time of healing in our homes; between the daughters-in-law and their Mothers in laws and between family members.

“Every mother, female gender deserves to be celebrated.

“Please, husbands, sons and daughters, celebrate mummies and make them happy,” she said.

Mrs Keziah Philips, who took the Bible studies, admonished women to remain honest and focused to ensure they successfully run the race of life, with the bible as their guide.

Philips said many families had become dysfunctional with daughters in law and mothers in law “living like cats and dogs”.

She said there should be tender care and not tension within the family, as mothers should teach and encourage family members to always take the pains to do the right things.

Speaking on the topic ‘the Broad Way’, Philips said many followed the crowd to do the wrong things.

“As Christians, we must be without deceit and not seek to follow the popular way or seek to belong to the crowd,” she added.

Wife of the Vicar of the Church, Mrs Chikodi Okorie, who delivered the sermon for the Mothering Sunday Church service, reiterated the call for women to emulate the Biblical Ruth and Naomi’s peaceful and loving relationship.

Okorie, who is also the Vice-President of the Michers Union/Women’s Guild, enjoined women to remain faithful and loyal to their vows.

She appealed to women to nurture their husbands, children, and all other members of the family and to ensure that everyone in their homes remained God-fearing in spite of the current hardship.

“Ruth took the bold steps to provide for her family, and her mother-in-law guided her to success,” she said.

She appealed for collaboration and partnership between daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law.

The women also used the occasion to initiate a special fund for women’s projects in the church. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Chijioke Okoronkwo

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