Mother's Day Anyway
Mom, you brought your children into the world. You gave each one birth or chose them (e.g., adoption, remarriage, etc.). But what really made you a Mom was that you loved. Each child is a confusing blend of flaws and wonders uniquely their own. They are human - just like their Mom. Through their triumphs, stumbles, wrong turns, and achievements, you loved each child. Your love wasn't and isn't perfect, because you, too, are human. You gave your child your heart. Wonderfully, some children recognize that they have been loved and served and their mothers' made great sacrifices for them. Some children grow up healthy, successful, and grateful. But many do not. Many are troubled, incarcerated, broken physically or mentally. Many are blessed but unappreciative. The child into whom you poured your love to the best of your ability and in your own way may now ignore or even hate you.
Remember Jesus called His famous parable, the parable of the sower, not the parable of the seeds. The sower plants the seed but has no control over which seeds make it to fruitfulness. A mother sows her love into the hearts of her children. But life happens. Relationships break even when a mother's love continues unvanquished. But whether you are appreciated today, ignored, or even despised, if you loved your child the best you could in the way you love, I tip my hat to you. You have sown your love. You have done well. God knows your love and sacrifice even when the world is silent about it. Your children are better for having been loved by you. May God bless you on this day that is so difficult for so many mothers. My thoughts are with you.