Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate our moms and the awesome mom that you are. Your family gathers around to shower you with love and appreciation. Moms do so much for their families every day.
This year, I view this day with a new perspective. Maybe it’s because I’ve met a lot of different women with their own unique stories and my heart has been opened to see what it hadn’t seen before.
Today is a day about which many women have mixed feelings, whether its feelings of sorrow, anger, indifference, or joy mixed with sadness. There’s the woman who has lost her mother. The woman who doesn’t have a relationship with their mother. The woman who lost her child, but has other children at home. The woman who lost her only child. The woman who has had multiple losses. The woman who struggles with infertility. The woman who longs to be a mother.
“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” (Luke 1:45)
All these women have one thing in common: they all have a mothering heart. A heart that nourishes and loves those around her. Her husband, her children, her parents, her siblings, her nieces and nephews, her friends…a list of people whom she loves and would do anything for. A mother’s heart. Even in sadness, she perseveres to take care of her family. She lives day to day with no one knowing when her heart is struggling to hold onto hope. She wears a smile that hides so much.
This is not meant to be sad though. It is to recognize that as women, we have a heart full of love to give, whether we are recognized as a mother or not. Let's honor and appreciate each other on this day. We are made in the image of God and are called to be Christ-like. "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us..." (Ephesians 5:1-2a) So love one another. Walk together in joy and in sorrow. Lift each other up with encouragement and wisdom.
Happy Mother's Day to the women with a house full of children. To the women who foster and adopt. To the women who holds onto hope that she will bear children. To the women who grieves her loss, but holds her head up high. To the women who love and encourage others around her. To all the beautiful women that have a loving mother's heart.
**This is dedicated to my friend who struggles with infertility. You are a beautiful soul, with a beautiful heart. I love you.**