Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Here we are again at Mother's Day weekend!  This is a special time as we honor our moms and remember their selfless love for us.  Moms hold a spot in the very depths of our hearts. 

If your mom is still with you, Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity to express your love and thankfulness to her. If she has passed on, it can be a bittersweet time, a time to remember her love and devotion but also a time where her absence is vividly felt.

In my life, this Mother's Day is a bit more bittersweet as my oldest son is in the midst of wedding plans.  I have often been reflecting on my own wedding and the joy of my mom being a part of it. It will be 25 years this June since my wedding, but I clearly remember eating breakfast at our favorite restaurant with her best friend and my mom declaring, "bring the coffee, we have a wedding to plan!"   She would have surely loved to be right in the middle of her first grandchild's wedding preparations.  These are some of the times I miss her the most.

Each year I recall some unique circumstances around my wedding years ago that remind me more each year how special my mother was. As excitement built and plans and preparations were being completed for our wedding, tragedy struck our family.  My father was tragically killed 8 days before my wedding.  Although I didn't realize it at the time, but Mom carried on with a strength and grace that can only be propelled by love, from the heart of a mother.  In a weeks time, she plunged into the depths of grief by losing her husband and planning his memorial service and then carried out and expressed her love and joy through completing the wedding plans and bringing her blessing to the wedding ceremony.  Oh, the sacrifice that only a mother can make.

It is said that time is a healer.  Healing doesn't bring automatic relief from grief and pain, but over time, gradually replaces the pain of loss with cherished memories that bring a smile to our hearts. 

So, as we approach Mother's Day, I am so thankful for my mom and her influence.  I am also so blessed to be a mom to three wonderful boys.  And in a crazy whirlwind of emotions, blend the two and thank God for His grace, love and joy He has weaved into my life!

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