Holding my own little freshly bathed and powdered baby.
Rocking her gently and singing her lullabies.
But although my longing was strong , I did not experience the joys of motherhood
until later in life.
Yes, one Mother’s Day after another passed
with me whispering another prayer of relinquishment
and asking for peace from the One Who loves me like none other.
I focused on showering my love on other mothers around me
and knowing that there are many ways to mother.
But it was not always easy.
Times of waiting never are.
But one day that all changed and I found myself holding the sweetest little girl in my arms.
Seven months old of loveliness and charm captivated my heart
and since that moment I have walked that path of Motherhood.
My heart wanders back to moments of dancing with her in the night
Times when I, a single parent, came home from a long day of teaching and classes
and quietly tiptoed up to her room.
I’d quietly step to her crib and joy of joys, she’d lift her curly head to greet me.
Mommy was home. And she’d pull herself up and reach out her arms
And I’d scoop her into my longing ones.
Together we’d dance around her bedroom
The high point of my day – being with her.
Blowing bubbles together
and hilarious moments of laughter.
Weary, up at night moments,
On my knees prayer times seeking wisdom and
Holding a sick child and praying for healing.
Double the joy when I was blessed to adopt again a tiny toddler from Russia.
Snuggle moments and tender moments
anxious moments, prayerful moments
that seem to pass too fast.
Yes, much too fast.
Today my girls are 21 and 14.
Where do those years go?
I wouldn’t trade anything for the joy I have had of being their mother.
But on this Mother’s Day my heart wanders easily to
those women who struggle with Mother’s Day for a number of reasons.
Prodigal sons and daughters
Mothers who are not with us anymore.
So much that can cause the heart to feel sadness at this time.
Always remember that He is the heart knower.
Yes, He knows all those longings and deep sorrows.
He knows and understands.
Reach out to your mother on this day if she is living
and hold your children close if you can.
Love is from God and it shines forth from shore to shore for all of time and beyond
His Love beats with passion
for you, my friend.
Shining moments all over.
Never forget it!