Mother’s Day is a joyous day for many women, including myself. We reflect upon the gift of motherhood and thank God for entrusting us with the task of raising children. If we’re lucky, we may even get a homemade card or personalized mug from our children. Perhaps, we even receive a bouquet of flowers from our spouse. We will spend the entire day being acknowledged and thanked for all that we do.
For others, Mother’s Day is a day that causes grief and sorrow. For some women, Mother’s Day is painful and something to be endured, not celebrated. There will be women who will do their best to get through the day and will be happy when it’s over. To those who grieve on Mother’s Day; God sees you.
For some of you, men and women alike, perhaps your mother has passed away and you just really miss her. Mother’s Day just reminds you that she’s gone. For others, maybe your mother was never able to care for you in the way a mother should. It’s difficult to even wish her a happy Mother’s Day because of the pain and sorrow she has brought into your life.
Mother’s Day is painful for others because motherhood was ripped away from them. There are women who silently battle infertility and pregnancy loss. Every Mother’s Day they wonder when it will be their turn to celebrate. There are plenty of women who want nothing more than to be a mom and they grieve every mother’s day. They want to talk to someone, but they aren’t sure what to say.
There is perhaps no one more deserving of our appreciation than the moms who had to give their children back to the Lord. They were here for only a short while and then they were gone. I don’t believe we can fully comprehend the pain of losing a child unless we have walked through it ourselves. But know, God absolutely understands.
To those that grieve this mother’s day; God sees you. He understands. He will be your comfort and your strength. We can find our rest in Him. You don’t need to experience your grief and your sorrow alone; take it to God.
I also encourage you to rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Even in your grief, celebrating with your sisters in the Lord who are joyful on Mother’s Day. It can be so easy to feel bitterness towards those who feel no pain on Mother’s Day. It seems so unfair. Instead of feeling bitter or jealous; rejoice!
Lastly, please remember that there are plenty of women who do grieve on Mother’s Day. Let us also mourn with those who mourn. Perhaps Mother’s Day can be a day to both laugh and cry. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. We can celebrate the women who are raising and have raised Godly children. We can also send comfort to those who are overcome with sorrow on Mother’s Day.
This Mother’s Day – laugh together, cry together, pray together, and worship together. Love one another. Encourage one another. But remember, God is still good. He sees you. He cares for you. He is our strength and our comfort.