Soon we’ll be observing a day honoring mothers. Let’s not forget those who have lost children and pray that this day will also honor them for their gift of life. These are the ones who don’t find much joy in this holiday – those whose children were stillborn or miscarried – those who have experienced the joy of giving birth, but lost their children to illness or tragic death – those who keep their children safe while their husbands serve their country – moms of children with special needs – moms of children who have turned to a life of crime or addiction.
I know of one woman who lost six children to miscarriage. Each one of those children holds a special place in her heart. She named each one and they have lived in her memory ever since their death. Each child becomes a human being at the time of conception and, had they made it to full term, they would be an active part of the family.
These women deserve to be honored on Mother’s Day. They have rejoiced when that child was conceived and mourned when they were lost, still they are mothers. If you know someone who has gone through any of these situations, tell her how special she is. Giving the gift of life to another human being is one of the most important things a woman can do.
Moms are purveyors of comfort, deliverers of love and encouragement, merchants of morality and learning, solicitors of peace and understanding. They are the vessel of God’s handiwork. Mother’s need a pat on the back each and every day of the year! So do those who have lost their beloved children.
Psalm 139:13, “For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”