With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I think of and pray with thanksgiving for

… women who are rejoicing, for at sometime in their life, they gave birth to a healthy child … the women whose child had children and they became a grandmother … the women who adopted a child.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I think of and pray for women who are experiencing a wide range of emotions

… the women who never birthed a child … who miscarried … who were infertile (or their partner was) … who had an abortion

… the women whose child was stillborn … whose child had serious health issues … whose child ran away and put into custodial care … whose child was raped … whose child was taken away at birth by authorities whose child was kidnapped … whose child died due to accident, overdose, illness, murder … whose child lives in COVID19 fear.

… the women whose child became alienated from them and there is little or no loving communication … the women whose adoptions fell through, artificial insemination didn’t work … whose surrogate changed her mind and kept the baby

… the women whose children are in prison or still in cages … women whose child had a debilitating physical/mental disability … women whose child committed suicide … women who were surrogate mothers, carried the child to term, but who never became that child’s parent.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I think of women who are mothers, but may not see their role to be one of selfless mothering
… foster moms … spiritual moms … mentor moms.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I think of women who lost their own mother through death or alienation … women who suffered abuse from their own mother.

May acknowledgment of Mother’s Day, be done with sensitivity. May acknowledgement that there will be women who will be celebrating and giving thanks and there will be women who will be grieving and in pain – all on the same day.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon … I think of them all and give thanks for each … courageous and strong.

© June Maffin
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