Mother’s Day brings with it so many emotions.
I’m so grateful for my own mom and her faithful love. I’m so grateful to get to be a mom, among the greatest privileges I will know in this life. I’m grateful for 3 healthy kids, for their unconditional love and generous cuddles. I’m grateful for their wellness today and do not take any of this for granted.
There were so many Mother’s Days - I can vividly remember like they were yesterday - where I didn’t know if Eli would ever be healthy. His health challenges due to the accident have been overwhelming and numerous over the years. It hasn’t been easy or predictable. Yet today, it’s generally easy and I find myself surprised and deeply grateful.
Even so, right next door to these emotions is the raw understanding that for as many moms that are celebrating life, beauty and the gift of motherhood today, there are many other moms all around us that are all too aware of the sting of life. For them, perhaps for you, this day amplifies the struggle, the disappointment, the challenge and the need to continue to persevere in search of hope.
If this is you today my heart goes out to you. I’ve been there too and while I know everyone’s pain is different, and I won’t pretend to fully understand, I’ve stood on both sides of tragedy and am emphatically cheering you on. Not to trivialize or cover up the hard, but to remind you that you’re not stuck there and you’re not alone. And whether today stings because of the weight of motherhood and a longing for your child to be well or if it stings because of your unmet longing to be a mother, I see you. Your heart and longing is beautiful. You are beautiful. You are passionately, intricately and eternally loved.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV) “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”