Family Friday: The Abundance of Mothers

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”  Isaiah 66:13

When the calendar turns to May, I think of my mother and her best friend since boarding school days, who I fondly call Aunt Dale. Their birthdays are a week apart, around Mother’s Day. My own mother passed away nine years ago, this summer. Aunt Dale just celebrated her 89th birthday. She is healthy and strong, happily settled into a senior community in Massachusetts.

Several years before she died, my mother asked me to promise that I would visit Aunt Dale often and remember to call her on her birthday. Fulfilling that promise has been a source of great joy for Aunt Dale and for me. I often imagine my mother smiling from heaven during my lunches with Aunt Dale or during our hour-long phone conversations. Their life-long friendship lives on through me, but I have been the one who has been blessed. I have learned that God has given each of us the gift of a mother’s tender love, support and comfort from an abundance of women in our life.

Over these many weeks, I have often thought about the mothers who have been caring for, and comforting, their children, day in and day out. I imagine them scratching their heads for new ideas and strategies of how to keep their children happy, entertained, and learning – all the while juggling jobs, relationships, and caring for the home and themselves. I imagine them being weary and exhausted at the end of the day. But I also imagine the abundance of phone calls, FaceTime chats, and Zoom gatherings with aunts, grandmothers, teachers, and neighbors who might be providing some respite for mom and a bright light for the children.

My hope is that these precious children are learning that a mother’s love can come from far and wide. Whether we are home-bound or not, there are women all around us who nurture the child within us and to whom we can offer our gratitude and respect.

We are blessed to know a God who goes the distance to show us abundant love and comfort each and every day. It is through that deep love and comfort that we are sustained and strengthened to share it with others.

Merrill Noble
Director of Children’s Ministry

For weary mothers, we pray:
God of love and comfort, thank you for the abundance of mothers who give us life, love and friendship. Many of them are weary. Please pull them into your lap and whisper words of encouragement to them. May they know that they are doing enough for their children, and that they can trust you with the rest. Amen.

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