Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Psalm 82:3

What if there are children who will suffer somehow because I failed to obey God?
What if my cowardice costs even one child somewhere in the world his or her life?
(excerpt from The Hole in Our Gospel)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Honoring a special group of mom's

Our little Hailey's footprints (2001)

I'm posting a Mother's Day poem a couple of days early so I can enjoy a little get-away with the family this weekend.  Pretty sure it will be our last get-away as a family of 6...and the last time we don't have to reserve something larger than a suite!

This is a poem I wrote a few years ago when I was working with moms whose children had just died and birth mothers who were placing their children for adoption.  May was a tricky month for these mom's, because none of them knew if they would, could or should be celebrating mother's day since their children were...well, not with them any longer.  

I know how it feels to have a child "missing" and I also know how it feels to be given a gift by another mother who couldn't (for whatever reason) raise her child on her own.  If you know anyone out there with a "missing" child this Mother's Day, please wish them a special, tender Mother's Day because Mother's Day totally counts for them, too!

For a special group of women on Mother's Day

There is a special group of women
You might not know or recognize.
They are the ones on Mother’s Day
With big tears in their eyes.
They may greet you with a smile today
Because today is your day too.
But deep down they feel much sorrow
They are hoping just to make it through.

Today a mom will get a beautiful card
Thanking her for all she does.
She works for free, all day long
And she does so 'just because.'
But some mothers may not get a card
For there is no longer a child to see.
But please do not forget these moms
They still love their children endlessly.

Many women have a child or two
That everyone can see.
But sometimes there is a little one missing –
One who now lives as a memory.
For not every precious child that is born
Makes memories with mom for years.
Some are called to be with Jesus
And these mothers are left with tears.

For the mother who will never forget
The day her almost grown child died,
For the mother who held a tiny little angel
And too soon had to say goodbye,
For the mother who held her child
Only a few weeks in her womb,
We remember you this mother’s day
Because today is your day too. 

And please don't forget the mom's out there
Who were at a loss for what to do,
When they gave their child to someone else
And prayed for God to see them through.
They knew their child deserved nothing less 
Than the best life had to offer,
So they gave their child a chance at life -
They gave their child a second mother. 

A non-traditional mother 
Should be remembered all year through.
And on Mother's Day 2012
Here is a special prayer for you:
May you feel God's comfort and His peace
May your heart sing a little today
As you celebrate the life you gave
In your own special and wonderful way. 

 Happy Mother's Day Weekend to all my Mom-Friends out there!

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1 comment:

  1. Happy Mother's Day to a very special & wonderful daughter-in-law! I love you.