As an unmarried woman with no children and grieving the death of my own mother, Mother’s Day often brings a mix of emotions.
Each year, millions of dollars are spent on Mother’s Day cards, flowers, gifts and special meals. As a result, for several weeks leading up to this special day, I’m confronted with a multitude of advertisements in stores, on TV, social media and even in church.
I desire to be in
On Mother’s Day, the pastor asks all the mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers to stand. As the rest of the congregation applauds, I notice I’m one of
My heart aches as I fight back tears. I think of my own mom and wonder if I will ever have the chance to be a mother. Being unmarried with no children can leave me feeling like an outcast on Mother’s Day. What’s missing from my life becomes glaringly obvious.
Despite my unfulfilled desires, I’ve learned that Mother’s Day also presents an opportunity to serve others. God has brought several women into my life who have served as surrogate mothers and mentors. Now it’s my turn to pay that gift forward.
I have been given the opportunity to do the following:
Though my life looks different then I imagined, motherhood and marriage are not required for me to have hope and purpose. Every woman’s story looks different and holds value.
God desires for me to invite Him into my grief and disappointment. He welcomes my questions, sadness and even anger. In return, He showers me with His love and brings healing to my heart.
If Mother’s Day is hard for you, try doing the following:
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