For some, Mother’s Day isn’t a day of joy. It’s the harsh reality that your mom isn’t here on this earth anymore or maybe she’s here but you don’t have a good relationship with her. It can also be a painful reminder of the babies you wish you had and can’t or the children you have lost. For others, Mother’s Day is a joyful day spent celebrating with your mom and the little people that call you “mom.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are commanded to “give thanks in all circumstances.” This can feel difficult if you have lost a loved one too soon or if you are simply walking through a challenging season of motherhood. No matter how difficult or unfair life seems, there is always something to be thankful for if you look hard enough. This doesn’t mean your pain will go away or will hurt any less. It just means we can make the choice to focus on the good and be thankful for the people in our lives that are here today.
Whatever this day looks like for you, be sensitive to the fact that it may be a painful day for some of the women around you. And if you are one of those women, be encouraged you are not alone. Be kind to the women in your life today (and everyday) because there could be sadness hidden behind their smiles.
“Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears, and most of all, love.” Lysa TerKeurst