Daily Dose, May 14 — Family of God

 

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:22-23)

Yesterday was a special day for many of you reading this. For many, it was a day to honor and celebrate the mothers in our midst. Maybe you are one…and you definitely have one! Even though it’s a universal truth that we all have a mother, that doesn’t mean that we all have universal experiences of motherhood. For some, these “Hallmark Holidays” are marked by celebrations, special meals and wonderful memories. For others, these days are marked by isolation and disappointment. For still others, these days are marked by an empty chair at the table and the wishing for memories that will never be made.

In all of these various experiences, those of us who follow Christ are called upon to love one another. For me, that means realizing that my experience is different from someone else’s experience. God’s love came to us in the flesh in Jesus. As we mirror him, we can come to others out of love, regardless of their circumstance. We can love them — whether the Hallmark Holiday is good or bad for them.

I came across something several years ago and wanted to share with you. May it open you to the full experience of the people around you…and may you find new ways to be loving.

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, 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, heartache 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 have aborted children — we remember them and you on this day.

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.

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. — Rev. Brad Greene