As we enter into a week that honors mothers, take a moment to think of women in your life who will not be holding their child on Mother’s Day.
This week, make an extra effort to acknowledge not only the women who are mothers to living children but also the women who have shared with you that they have miscarried, experienced a stillbirth, had an abortion or have courageously chosen adoption for their child.
- For those who have lost a child during pregnancy, encourage them with the truth that the life they carried matters, regardless of how short that life was because every life has value.
- For those who have lost a child after his or her birth, remind them that their child is not forgotten.
- For those who have lost a child through abortion, tell them of God's love and His redeeming grace, and that their child's life had value.
- For those who have selflessly allowed their child to be raised by another through adoption, show care and compassion to the birth mother. She has courageously made a life-affirming decision that should be celebrated. Thank her for making a brave, sacrificial choice for her child, because even while her decision is celebrated she has also experienced grief. Acknowledge her grief.
Allow these women to know that they too are remembered and are in fact mothers. Consider calling, mailing a handwritten note or sharing a thoughtful gift in remembrance of their loss.
Your actions will be cherished and appreciated. For someone who is found in Christ, your efforts, while not able to produce hope in and of themselves, point to a greater hope, that the pain and suffering experienced on earth is not wasted.
May we be reminded that for those who are found in Christ, our trials are not God’s condemnation (Romans 8:1). God is always for you (Romans 8:32) and He has designed all of life’s circumstances for your everlasting good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
"In the beginning, you made the earth secure. You placed it on its
foundations. Your hands created the heavens. They will pass away.
But you will remain. They will all wear out like a piece of clothing.
You will make them like clothes that are taken off and thrown away.
But You remain the same. Your years will never end. Our
children will live with You. Their sons and daughters will be
safe in Your care." - Psalm 102:25-28