So today is Mother’s Day, a day when thousands of small children will excitedly hand over slightly-over-glued homemade cards along with breakfast in bed while grown men desperately scour supermarkets trying to remember what the flowers are called that their matriarchs like and what on earth the things even look like.
It can also be a day tinged with sadness – for children who have lost mothers, mothers who have lost children, and those who’ve never had or known and may never have or know one or both.
It is a day to celebrate all that we have, to remember all that we’ve had and to spare a thought for those whose circumstances differ from our own. To raise a glass to all the mothers doing a sterling job in a challenging society, and those taking on a mothering role for someone else’s child/ren, and to spare a thought for those who can’t be there to bring up their little ones.
Today, I thank God for blessing us with our much-loved and teasured Lentil and Rainbow and enabling me to call myself their mum. And I thank Him that I know He is holding my darling first child safely in His ever-loving arms and pray that, in due course, I will hold that little one’s brother or sister in mine.
I thank Him for the mother and mother-in-law He has given me and the examples they have been to me and continue to be.
And I pray for all those for whom Mother’s Day is a challenging day.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
Sarah Moore is the author of For the Love of Lentil, A journey of longing, loss and abundant grace, which tells the story of her experience of pregnancy and miscarriage. Copies of the book, along with baby loss awareness badges which are sold in aid of Baby Lifeline, are available via the For the Love of Lentil link at the top of this page.