I thought that after six years Mother’s Day would get easier. It hasn’t. You see, I lost my mom in December 2010 to a tragic illness. There’s so much that has changed. So much that I’d like to share with her just to see her joy or hear her wisdom. I’d like to say thank you again. Say I love you again. Give her flowers or something again. Spend time with her again. But I can’t and Mother’s Day reminds me every year.
I know that I could do some of those things. I could write a letter and pour everything that I’d like to say on its pages. I could give flowers or a gift to someone else in mom’s name. But it’s not the same. There is one thing I can do. I can encourage you to spend time with your mom. Time is a precious possession that can’t be bought or sold. Share the mundane, the joyful, and the painful things of your life with her. But most of all say thank you and express your love for her. On this side of six years I wish I could pull back time and do a better job at those things. I can’t but perhaps you can.
For those that are also experiencing a motherless Mother’s Day I offer this prayer. Lord Jesus, I pray for all those who are experiencing a motherless Mother’s Day, maybe for the first time. Lord I pray that you would tell our moms that we love them and that we miss them. Remind us that while we can’t spend time with her we can spend time with you. And Lord, we long for the day when our mourning will be turned to dancing and our sorrow turned to joy. Thank you Jesus for your love and comfort, amen.