Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

I think that Mother's Day is wonderful. It is nice to be recognized and honored. It gives me an additional opportunity to tell my mom how much I love and appreciate her and to stop and thank God for the 2 PKs he has given me to raise. Still, I am reminded me that not everyone feels the same as I do on Mother's Day.

As Mother's Day approaches, my heart is broken...
for the woman who cannot conceive...

for the mom who has outlived a child or children....

for those  who, because of death or other separation,  miss mom so much.

I am so thankful that God prompts me to be gentle and observant, and am asking Him to give me discernment and a compassionate heart for those who are hurting. When everyone else is celebrating, those who are hurting can be overlooked.
There will be a day when the hurt of this life is no more. Until then, we will each face our share of pain. I am so thankful that God's Word promises that this life is not all there is. In John 14:1-6, Jesus tells his disciples (and us) what we have to look forward to. 
“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.   In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.   You know the way to where I am going.”
“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?”
 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

And, in John 16:33...
"I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

Our hope, our comfort, and our peace come from knowing Christ. Our peace comes from Him and is found in him. I am so thankful to serve a God who went to such great lengths to make Himself known to us and who went to such great lengths to let us know that our joy, our comfort, our peace, and our hope are found in Him and Him alone. HE alone can soothe the grieving heart.

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