11 May Mother’s Day Mourning
“As one whom his mother comforts, I will comfort you.”
Isaiah 66:13 ESV
It is about 2 in the morning. I am in my daughter’s room, comforting her, as she goes through bouts of nausea. The “vomit bowl” is strategically placed on her nightstand. And she is in my arms. All she wants is to be with me during this time of discomfort. She knows I will come to her need the moment she calls out for me.
With Mother’s Day around the corner, I tend to think about the individuals whom have lost their mothers. I don’t only speak of loss due to death. I also speak of loss due to shattered or nonexistent relationships. Throughout my life, I’ve heard the words, “I miss my mom” more times than I can count. I’ve seen adults weep at the prospect of not having a loving, warm relationship with their mothers. I’ve also seen people of various age groups grieve over the physical loss of their loved ones, whether it is due to distance or passing away.
There is something about the touch of a mother. She holds within her healing and peace, intertwined in a way that can banish the anxious feelings from illness or nightmares, while bringing in calm and warmth all at once. Perhaps that is why God chooses to use the analogy of a mother’s comfort with His own…He not only embraces His children with His warmth and peace, His presence also casts away all fear.
In God’s infinite wisdom, He created the mother to have the appropriate characteristics to ensure a loving, safe environment for her children. And while the enemy has tried to shatter and distort God’s original plan for the woman’s role as a mother, no lack or distortion thereof can be found in Him.
His love and comfort abounds in ways that cannot be understood by human logic.
To the orphan, “You are not alone.”
To the neglected daughter or son, “You are not abandoned.”
To the grieving individual, “You are comforted.”
To the lonely person, “You are embraced.”
If you are in a position in your life where Mother’s Day equates to feelings of pain and anguish, then I pray that God’s comfort may cover you and His love may serve as a reminder that you do not have to miss out on the loving embrace of a parent.
As a mother and an individual who has a loving mother, my prayer is that we may extend the comfort of God through our actions to those who may need a reminder on this day. His love is in us. Let us embrace the lonely, comfort the grieving, acknowledge the neglected and reach out to the orphan.
This post initially concludes with the above paragraph. However, in God’s infinite wisdom, He reminds me of someone who may need to read these words: the grieving mother. I’ve spoken of those grieving their mothers in various ways. Now, I speak to the mother whom has lost a child, no matter the age or season in life. You are not forgotten. I pray that God may embrace you with His supernatural love and comfort as He continues to mend and heal that precious area of your life. Although there may be pain, beauty will arrive and reveal itself in due time. God holds you in the palm of His hand. You are loved.