Heavy on my heart this Mother’s Day has been my dear friend Brittany. I’m still fighting the instinct to call her and send my well wishes this day and remember how excited she was to wish me a happy Mother’s Day for the first time last year. She was such a wonderful mother but was taken from her family and friends so suddenly last fall. It breaks my heart that her son won’t remember his amazing mother that the rest of us got to know and love. Her husband is left with the pain of losing his beloved wife and the mother of his child. And her own mother is remembering and mourning her first born daughter. Lets remember them and all families in this same sort of difficult situation.
Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. I’ll be honest – I’m thrilled to be able to now celebrate it as a mom. But at the same time, I know and remember the difficult years of waiting and longing to really be included in the celebration of this day.And while we should absolutely celebrate mothers and mother figures in all forms today, it is a great opportunity to embrace and remember those who may find this day bittersweet or downright painful. Those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or the loss of their child’s life at any age. Women who experience infertility and would give anything to have biological children or are possibly trying to adopt. Birth mothers who bravely gave their child the gift of life and still carry them in their heart. What about those women who have an aching heart after having an abortion? They need support and love too. And of course so many have lost their own mamas and are pained each year when they can’t call or visit them on this day.
I promise I’m not trying to be a downer and take away the joy of those who are celebrating today! I just wanted to give a reminder to embrace and remember those in your life who might be struggling or mourning on this day. A little prayer or message of love and encouragement can go a long way!If you are one who’s feeling low today, first know that you are in my prayers. You’re not alone and I hope that you can find comfort and peace today and always. Lucky for us, we have a powerful intercessor and example – mother Mary feels your pain. She understands the pain of losing her own dear child and was a witness of His suffering and death. She felt heartache and the sorrow that was foretold in the book of Luke when Simeon said that Mary’s soul would be pierced by a sword. The sorrow of a woman’s heart can be a powerful force. But instead of letting it consume the heart and soul, it can be transformed into great joy and hope. Though Mary lost her son, she was then greeted with the Resurrection and the gift of eternal life with Him. So too do we. When your heart is hurting, unite your suffering with Jesus and His mother to find peace that you will be reunited with those loved ones. Know that He can turn your sadness into joy at all times, especially on this day that can be full of highs and lows.
So happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms, whether physical, spiritual, adoptive, foster, etc. Let us lift each other up in prayer on this day that can be a beautiful, painful, and bittersweet part of many women’s journeys.