If Mother's Day is tender...
My mind holds lots of days that bring overwhelming emotions.
The day I watched the paramedics come into my home and take my mother away in an ambulance.
The day she died.
The day my father's car hit a tree.
The day I watched him draw his last breath.
Mother's and Father's Days and holidays that remind you of loved ones no longer sitting around the dinner table
Each of the days my four grandparents died.
The day my son was born prematurely, the day my colon ruptured, the day I lost a portion of my kidney tissue, and the day my carotid artery ruptured.
The day I miscarried my second child.
The day I realized my medical emergencies were related to my mother.
The day I was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
The day I finally accepted that there was no cure.
I understand what it's like to mark the year with days that remind you of hard things. I know what it feels like to want to pull the covers over your head and stay there. I've done that.
But then there was the day I put two feet on the floor anyway because God's grace was sufficient for all of my weakness.
If today brings tender emotions, remember that today is just a day. One that was created by humans, that doesn't hold the power to define your worth or negate the comfort God covers you with as you remember mothers that are no longer here.
Hagar ran and found the God who sees her. The bleeding woman reached out and found the Savior who would not let her go unnoticed.
God sees your heart today. So as the Mother's Day sentiments flood your feed and the flowers and cards and gifts still sit on the shelves at the store, smile because you know the secret. You are beloved. God is holding you close today.
And I'm rooting for you, always.
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24
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I am never more mindful of the return of Christ than I am just after the Christmas holiday. The weary world has just rejoiced that He came as the infant Messiah, but it's not enough. I want more. The awareness that Jesus is coming again is always on my mind this time of the year. And I want it to be on my mind all the time. I want to be ready.
If you think that the hope of Christmas was just a one-time thing, know that God's plan is not finished. This world will continue to groan for its Savior, but we can know without a doubt that He is coming again. He will not forget about us. He will come with unfathomable love to finish what He started.
"My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God." - Psalm 84:2
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