New Mom 5/6/15

New Mom 5/6/15

Mothers’ Day is a reminder that every mom needs a prayer, and a blessing that can only come from God. Rare is the mom who really feels up to the task. So to that end I offer these beatitudes about mothers.

Blessed is the mother-at-heart who never could have a child. May you find meaning in nurturing those that are in your life.

Blessed is the one who grew up without a mother. May that relentless longing be fulfilled in the love of family that you do have, and of your heavenly Father.

Blessed is the mother that adopted a child, for you are providing a loving, nurturing, safe home that another mother could not.

Blessed is the expectant mother. May you find peace and contentment that displace your fears about the child’s health and delivery.

Blessed is the single mom. May Jehovah-jireh (“God will provide”) strengthen you as bread-winner, homemaker, and caregiver.

Blessed is the mother that had an unplanned baby. May your choice to give life be returned to you as the greatest choice you ever made, next to believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed is the mother of a sick or special needs child, for you can cast all your cares on Him who cares for you and your child.

Blessed is the mother of a rebellious child. May you have tough love, patient endurance, and wisdom beyond your years.

Blessed is the mother whose nest is newly empty, for you have not stopped being a mother, only entered a new chapter of life.

Blessed is the mother whose grown kids are not living the way they were raised, for you gave them your best and now they are responsible for their choices, not you.

Blessed is the mother whose kids turned out well. May you have grace for your sisters since, ‘but for the grace of God, there go I.’

Blessed is the mother who has a son or daughter serving others in harm’s way. May God be near them and bring them back safely to your arms time and time again.

Blessed is the mother who mourns a child for you shall be comforted. May the anger, desperation, and grief you feel give way to love, peace, and a heart to bless others.

Blessed is the grandmother raising her grandchildren. Once again, you’re standing in the gap, and may both generations “rise up and call you blessed” (Prov. 31:28).

Blessed is the great-grandmother. May you be strong in body, mind, and faith for all your appointed days, and may you never know loneliness.

“A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain.
It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation.” – Helen Steiner Rice