It is Mother’s Day in the US, and many women are hurting today. I have good friends whose hearts ache because they once again face the probability that they will never hold children in their arms, mourn the death of a child they once held, watch a child fade away, face difficulty in parenting, have lost a child to the wildness of sin and temptation, have lost their own mothers, have to work today instead of enjoying the celebrations portrayed on advertising and in the zillion articles on their Facebook news feed.
I shared this on my personal Facebook page this morning:
A woman’s heart gives, nurtures, listens, yearns, aches, mourns, rejoices, feels, and loves. To all the women I know, whether your heart is full, aching, or a little of both today, I celebrate your heart today and honor you. Your heart makes a difference in this world.
My own day has been mostly sweet, infused with a bit of bitter. I have three kids who love me and want to honor me on this day, and for that I am very thankful. I have a husband who appreciates that I have been mother to my children. I got a bouquet of lilacs, a card that brought me to tears, and a wonderful breakfast cooked (and cleaned up) by my family.
Yet my nest is emptying, and that is not an easy thing on Mother’s Day. My daughter is far away at school preparing for final exams. My oldest son has moved into his own apartment and is preparing for his own finals. Phone calls aren’t quite the same as hugs and smiles.
My husband and the son who still lives with us moved my beautiful desk into the room that was going to be occupied by my other son. I am thrilled to have an office space of my own, yet being in here is a reminder of the son who no longer lives with us.
Even amid the bittersweet, though, I am grateful for what I have as I watch so many around me weep.
I would like to share some posts that address the sadness that abides amid the joy in our lives.
- A Woman’s Heart
- To all The Giving Mothers: So God Made A Mother, Ann Voskamp
- The Invisible Mom, When Mother’s Day Hurts, Jennifer Renee Watson
- For Those Who Dread Mother’s Day, Ashley Willis
- A Mother’s Day Prayer for Those Without a Mother, Mark Sandlin
- My Love-Hate Relationship with Mother’s Day, Lindsey Bridges
Whether your heart is full or aching today (or just a bit of both), reach out to a Christian sister today with open arms and prayer.
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