Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Mother's Day used to be one of the hardest days of the year for me. It made me feel incompetent, cheated, lonely, and terribly sad. Admittedly, things are different now. Besides my own terrific mother and wonderful mother-in-law, I now have four very unique reasons to be thankful on this Mother's Day...

...yet the day still often feels a bit haunted to me. Understanding the pain of others causes me to want to temper my own celebration somehow. I had the opportunity to hug another woman today who cried because this day is what it is. I am thankful I had the chance to embrace her moment of pain, to acknowledge her hurt, to join in her mourning. I may not feel lonely and cheated anymore, but I am compelled to be ever-sensitive to those who might.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV


Sarah said...

I can totally relate! I did a lot of reflection with anticipation for Mother's Day. To me it's like a day of remembrance in some ways. I'm thankful to be a mother, but my heart still aches for those women who are still waiting for their opportunity to be moms. I also was thinking about our son's birth mom and how hard it would have been for her.

Mel McElhinney said...

I was thinking about the boy in New Mexico who will be 13 in September. We've given up on thinking we might be able to adopt him, and this Mother's Day I remembered a little boy who has no mom.

Doug and Danielle said...

I have been meaning to thank you for your kind comment on Sunday night. It really touched my heart and I am thankful God used you to speak truth into my life. I have watched your family grow and it is such a pleasure to see your beautiful family! Thank you for speaking truth and having the heart to invest in people you do not know!