The Grief Of Mother's Day
by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
Happy Mother's Day (a day late) to all of you incredible moms out there. It is certainly a difficult job to say the least.
Mother’s Day is the only day that we women can do absolutely nothing, eat breakfast in bed, and watch our husbands clean up after us and not feel an ounce of guilt. Now, that’s Mother’s Day in our dreams, isn’t it? Even on Mother’s Day, we work pretty hard. Being a mom is hard work and something that absolutely should be honored. I’m just not sure one day is enough.
But I am reminded of all the moms this Mother’s Day for whom it is a painful time. Women who have lost children, women who had difficult (even abusive) relationships with their moms, women who have lost their moms, and the list goes on of the pain that can be experienced this time of year.
When my husband and I decided to begin our family, we were very excited. And then five months into my pregnancy I lost that precious child. The pain was unbearable. My husband blessed me with a Mother’s Day card on the first Mother’s Day after my loss. I was a mommy to a baby in the arms of Jesus. After the birth of our beautiful daughter, Noel, I lost three more babies, all safe and sound in my Father’s care.
I am mindful of a mom who just lost her beautiful daughter to a car accident. I am mindful of a young family who lost their mom to an unexpected death. I am mindful of a woman who lost her first baby to miscarriage a year before this special day. I am mindful of a woman who lost her first-born son only days after he was born. I am mindful of a mom who lost her son to a tragedy. I am mindful of a woman who longs to hold a baby in her arms but is unable to become pregnant. So much loss. So much pain.
But we have a God who is a comforter to those who mourn. He loves to hold us in His Mighty arms when we are grieving. So, for all of you who are suffering, take heart in these scriptures.