Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is supposed to be a happy occasion but for many it is not. It brings reminders of a mom or a child who isn’t with us anymore. It is easy to get lost in our own grief because it is such an all encompassing emotion. When you’re in the midst of those early days and weeks, perhaps even months and years,  you’re apt to walk through life with blinders on, singularly focused on taking one step at a time, not glancing left or right or up for fear you might fall.

Thankfully, there comes a day when you not only look up but out, toward others, toward life. Your eyes are opened to the beauty that still lives on in God’s creation. Perhaps you notice a single flower, a beautiful sunset, or hear a child’s laughter. Maybe these things bring to mind your loved one that has passed away, and you realize you no longer feel the heavy weight of grief. The kind that robs you of breath.

That’s where I am today. I can breathe again without feeling like I am suffocating. It doesn't mean I’m not deeply saddened. I am. I don’t have my mom or oldest daughter with me anymore, but what I do have is hope for the future. I see it every day in the eyes of my children and grandchildren. I feel it when their arms wrap me in a loving embrace. I hear it in their voices as they mingle together in laughter.

If you’ve experienced the loss of your mom or child, I pray that you are on the road to healing; to hearing and seeing all the Lord has for you. It’s a difficult journey to be sure. Know that we are in this together. I pray that you know how much you are appreciated and loved today, 
dear Mom's.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8

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  1. Wonderful post and gorgeous photo for Mother's Day ~ just what I needed to see ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Thank you, Anne. Blessing to you, dear friend. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  3. Beautifully written, Anne. We all have deep scars from our losses whether it be through a death of a mother or child or a misunderstanding along the way. No matter what the loss or the cause we all struggle through to find some peace of mind, and with God's love we can surrender the pain and loss to Him and take one step at a time toward healing. I hope you Have a beautiful Mother's Day.

  4. Lovely, encouraging words. It does take time but the wound of loss heals, leaving a scar. It has been 25 years since our son passed away at the age of 8. God has gently dried our tears and brought new joys. He is ever faithful!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  5. Our pastor shared a message of hope for "when mothering is painful" this morning. It truly is a difficult day for many. Thank you for sharing these words of encouragement and hope.

  6. This is lovely. Our Mother's Day celebrations (and every other day too) are not the same without my grandparents with us. It is sad. You described that heavy weight so clearly. That hope for the future is such a blessing.

  7. Beautiful post, Anne. Your quote is perfectly chosen.

  8. Thank you, dear Anne.
    It has only been 1 year and 5 months since my Mom was called home. Hopefully there will come a day when I can celebrate Mother's Day without hurting like this.
    Janet E.

  9. It must be very challenging. I hope you had a nice day.

  10. Surely, such a bittersweet day for so many where wounds are fresh and grief is still raw. May you be wrapped with His blessings of comfort, Anne ...

  11. Thank you all so much for the precious and sweet comments! I have been so busy this week. I haven't had time to email individually but I appreciate each and every one of you.


I am so delighted that you've taken time to come by and comment. Blessings for a joy-filled day!

1 Corinthians 1:3 ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.