This is a re-post of something that I would like to share.
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 through miscarriage, a failed adoption, or your child running away — we mourn with you.
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, filled with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment — we walk with you. (Forgive us when we don’t know what to say, and end up saying thoughtless things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.)
To those who are surrogate moms, foster moms, mentor moms, neighborhood moms, and spiritual moms — we need you.
To those who have 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 especially) — 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 are single and long to be married and mothering your own children — we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
To those who step-parent — we walk with you on these complex paths.
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren – yet that dream is not to be — we grieve with you.
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year — we grieve and rejoice with you.
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart.
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising — we anticipate with you.
On this Mother’s Day — we walk with you.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)