Mother's Day on the Porch

Dear One,

I know the holiday you dread most is upon us.  You'd rather it be any other weekend right about now.  Your story has been fraught with heartbreak and loss, brokenness and sorrow so overwhelming that few could begin to understand even if they tried.

For sure you won't set foot in a church for all the carnations the ushers are handing out and the hearty 'let's have all the mothers stand' and prayers offered up on behalf of those who have borne children.  You'll steer clear of the florist section in the supermarket and quickly bypass the zillion Mother's Day cards that are waiting to be carefully selected on overflowing racks.  There'll be no celebratory dinner out for you on this, the busiest restaurant day of the year.

But yes, there will be grief and tears and remembering what was or might have been.

I have no pat answers for you and I won't lob a string of Bible verses and promises your way.  I just want you to know that I care deeply.  If I could wave a magic wand and change your circumstances, you know I would do it in a flash.

Jesus knows exactly where you're coming from.  I believe your sadness and grief brings tears to His eyes.  For He has known abandonment, rejection, and death.  He gets exactly where you're at.

Speak what's truest about where you're coming from straight to His compassionate heart.  He will hold you close and hear you well.  And some day He will dry your tears and make you whole again.  

I promise He will continue to walk this uneven, rocky path with you.  He will never ever leave your side and will carry you when the load seems like it's just too much.

He loves you so.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.

- Revelation 21:4 -


A Thank You Note to Our Spiritual Mothers

Reflections For An Uneasy Mothers Day

Because Mother's Day Isn't Always
What It's Cracked Up To Be


Richella  .  Lisa  .  Jeanne