Saturday, May 11, 2013

Celebrating all women on Mother's Day

I read this amazing Mother's Day post here.

It touched my heart so deeply.

With Mother's Day coming up tomorrow, I know many women are feeling mixed emotions.

I have friends from all walks of life. Some have six children. Some have one. Some have no children. Some are foster parents. Some are single. Some are divorced. Some are celebrating life and some are mourning loss.

I've been wrestling with the idea of Mother's Day and how to approach it at our church for some time. I tend to be a very sensitive person who is constantly aware of the thoughts and feelings of others. When I imagine Mother's Day, I imagine many different emotions in women's hearts. How can we, as a church, as pastors, pour out love and compassion on all women this Mother's Day?

So when I read this post last week, I knew exactly that we were to use it for our Mother's Day service tomorrow.

May it touch your heart the way it touched mine. 

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

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