When There’s More Bitter Than Sweet…

Mother’s Day is this weekend. It’s a holiday that brings up bittersweet feelings for me. I know that there are some women out there who find more bitter than sweet in it. I know, because some years that’s been me.

I’ve been the woman who miscarried two babies and wondered if she’d ever hold one of her own…

I’ve been the daughter who couldn’t bear to think about the fact that it was Mother’s Day because I’d lost Mom just two months prior…

There are other reasons why thinking about that Sunday in May can hurt. Some of them have been explored on the Home Educating Family Blog. You can find those posts by clicking here.

This Sunday, I’ll hug the four precious children who put crayon and pencil to paper and make lovely cards for me. I’ll reflect on how thankful I am that I have a truly wonderful mother-in-law. I’ll still remember the four babies I never had the chance to hold, and I’ll miss my own amazing mom just as much as ever. But I’ll also remember some of the Bible verses that Mom helped me memorize so many years ago, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV)

I pray that any of you who are hurting this Mother’s Day will find the same comfort that I do in our Savior, Jesus. And maybe you’ll be able to share a little bit of that comfort with someone else too.

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