I first published this essay two years ago on Mother’s Day. It is still relevant, so here it is again.
We are surrounded by images of a Happy Mother’s Day. TV commercial s and print ads shout at us with dozens of gift ideas. We see pictures of happy children and even happier mothers. It can be a great feel-good holiday, despite the over-commercialization.
But not all mothers are so happy this day.
There are mothers who are estranged from their children; mothers who have lost their children due to illnesses or injuries. There are mothers whose children have been ripped from them by abduction and murder.
There are women who would give up everything they have to become a mother, but it has not happened for them.
And there are women who have chosen not to become a mother. They often endure guilt trips and judgments about their choice, even though no one knows what is in the heart of a woman.
This litany celebrates all women today. Happy mothers, sad mothers, tragic mothers, women who are desperate to be a mother, and women who have chosen not to become a mother. God bless all women today.
To all mothers, may you enjoy a day of delight with your children—Happy Mother’s Day
To all grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and great-great-grandmothers, may you revel in the joy of the next generations of your babies– Happy Mother’s Day
To all godmothers and women who have taken on the role of mother, may you feel the gratitude of those who call you Mother in their hearts– Happy Mother’s Day
To all mothers whose children have passed on, at no matter what age, may you cherish the memories of your children– Happy Mother’s Day
To all children whose mothers have passed on, may you make peace with the loss of your mother– Happy Mother’s Day
To all mothers who do not know where their children are, by choice or by tragedy, may you keep hope alive that in this life or the next, you will be with your children again– Happy Mother’s Day (more…)