One thing is FOR SURE---we ALL have a mother! As I read in another blog this week, not all of us welcome the day with open arms. In fact, Mother's Day can be as difficult a holiday as Christmas for many in our midst.
There are those who do not have wonderful Norman Rockwell mothers. Those who have suffered abuse, abandonment, and emotional damage beyond our imagination. I have tutored children whose lives resembled your worst nightmare. Children who walked into school with eyes down, coats buttoned to their chin, angry-and yet beaten down to a shadow of themselves.
There are those who want nothing more than to be a mother, and yet are unable to conceive. Women who month after month are reminded of their empty arms. Women who hear their biological clocks ticking loudly with each passing year--and the passing of yet another Mother's Day with unfulfilled dreams.
There are those who pray for the quick passing of this day---their arms are empty. The unthinkable has left them not knowing how to address this day. Certainly they are a mother, but the evidence of their maternity has left---far too soon.
There are those who are estranged from their children--for a long list of reasons. Who do you celebrate with when your off spring are not speaking to you? And then there are those whose children have disappeared---on purpose or by evil intent. How do you celebrate when you don't know where your child is?
There are those whose mother's have left--gone on to Eternity. It is bittersweet to honor the mother who is no longer with you. Flowers left at a cemetery are somehow a shallow substitute for presenting them in person.
Mother's Day is another day which can be the best of the best--or the worst of the worst--depending upon the eyes you are looking through. I pray we are all aware and sensitive to those around us who might find the day difficult at best.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because,
having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life
that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”