As most of you know, next week (beginning May 12th) is Food Allergy Awareness Week. We’ve got some REALLY fabulous guest authors lined up for the week that I just adore and know you will too! I can’t wait to share their stories with you!
But for today, I’m writing a personal post (something I don’t do very often) that has been on my heart for a while and I’m finally putting my thoughts to paper. I hope you’ll stick with me long enough to read it all the way through.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve had quite a few fellow mothers on my mind:
- A mother whose three-year-old has been diagnosed with leukemia and has quite literally lived at the hospital for the past two months while chemo ravaged her son’s little body causing complications no doctor anticipated
- A mother whose sweet baby unexpectedly left her arms far too early to go live with the Father in Heaven
- A mother who has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and is defying the normal outcome of chemo with her amazingly positive attitude
- Mothers of the injured and dead from the terrorist attack in Boston
- Mothers of the injured and dead from the devastating plant explosion in West, Texas
- Mothers who bear unthinkable family, medical, emotional, and financial burdens every single day
As a whole, it’s overwhelming to think about much less to imagine experiencing it first hand.
It’s not something I’m proud of, but I’ll admit to sometimes getting so caught up in my own burdens that I can’t see past my own problems to the mother standing next to me who silently carries the weight of the world on her small shoulders. She shouldn’t have to carry them alone.
This Mother’s Day week, do something to honor all mothers. Be simply PRESENT and AWARE of those around you. Take time to comfort a fellow mother whose Mother’s Day won’t be filled with the joy of her child’s or her own health. Say a prayer of comfort for those who have lost a precious child and miss their hugs and kisses every day. Celebrate with a mother that has endured a hardship and is now crossing the finish line. Hug your own babies tight and thank God for blessing you with their little hands and hearts.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. May your lives be filled with much love and laughter and may you be a source of love and laughter for others.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (NLT)