Mother’s Day – God Bless Mothers – On Earth and In Heaven
Sunday will be Mother’s Day. For many, it’s a time of celebration. For me, this mother’s day will be a time of celebration. My mother is still with me. She turned 92 in January. Considering all that she has physically to deal with, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and asthma, you would never guess that she is 92 – more like 70, and she certainly doesn’t act a day over 16!
Here she is after she broke her left wrist in the fall of 2008. She goes by the name of Bea. This pose is typical of her personality because she always felt more comfortable performing on the stage.
After this happened, I told her, “Mom, you’re lucky that it was your left wrist because you’re right handed.” Two weeks later the phone rang. It was my mother telling me she had broken her right wrist. She told me she couldn’t help it because she’s always been an over-achiever! That’s where I get it….. and her sense of humor. My mother is truly an inspiration.
I am a mother. For the first time in a long time, my son will be with me this Mother’s Day – Another reason for celebration.
For others, who have lost their mothers, however, this will be a time of, perhaps, grief. For these children I send a prayer of peace and comfort and to be able to feel their loved one’s presence even though, physically, they are gone.
This Mother’s Day, celebrate the gift of motherhood. None of us know how long we have, so we need to treasure every moment.
The mother daughter relationship can be, let me say, challenging at times. If the relationship you have with your mother isn’t the most positive, ask God to help you be more loving. If you have a strong relationship, then give thanks for that.
No one prepares you to be a mother. Certainly, no one prepares you for losing a child.
This week I just met a gentleman through a business connection. He casually mentioned a couple of personal websites he had. Later that night, after our conversation, I checked out his sites. I was shocked to find out that one site provides headstones to families who have lost their babies. He started this foundation after losing his baby, a daughter named Dempsey, who only lived for 31 days. I’ll repeat that number, 31 days.
My heart went out to him and to the mother, for no one prepares you to spend nine months of a pregnancy loving and caring for the arrival of a new baby, only to have this life not come to be.
Treasure each moment. Keep those who are hurting in your prayers. Prayer is a powerful thing. Ask God to send love, peace and comfort.
Blessings to you this Mother’s Day and every day….
Here is the website for headstones for babies and the families that have been helped:
The gentleman’s name, and father I talked about is Kevin Burdick. I was also surprised to find out that he is quite a musician. His website is http://kevinburdick.com.
If this Mother’s Day finds you or someone else you know who is struggling with issues of grief, here is very dear and caring friend of mine who has dedicated her life to helping others in this area. She has suffered a tremendous amount of grief and has moved through it. She can help you too. Her name is JoAnne Funch, and here is her website: http://heartachetohealing.com