Today I’m remembering and holding close in my heart the friend and loved one . . .
. . . who doesn’t know how she’s going to raise her child(ren) because she can’t make ends meet after leaving her abuser to save their lives.
. . . whose child(ren) chose to abandon her along with her church when she left the man who was stealing her life from her.
. . . who appears motherless to the outside world, but the outside world doesn’t know how many children she has in heaven.
. . . who is struggling with the effects of mental illness who is trying not to think too much about the years ahead as she focuses on today in raising her little one(s).
. . . who was disbelieved by everyone or almost everyone in her life and feels abandoned and alone, perhaps with one or two of her younger ones still with her.
. . . who left her children’s abuser to get them safe and now finds that she has to share joint unsupervised custody with him.
. . . who would have made a wonderful mother but never had the opportunity.
. . . whose child was killed in the prime of life, even possibly at his or her own hand.
. . . who is still struggling to remain in a nightmare of a marriage and keep her child(ren) safe from the harm.
. . . who truly loves her narcissist mother but knows if she reaches out to her, her hand will be bitten off.
. . . whose mother was too broken or ignorant or even evil to protect them from the predator they had to face on a regular basis (who may have been the mother herself).
. . . who mourns her deceased mothers and the relationship that can now never be mended this side of heaven.
For some, Mother’s Day is a very hard day. And so I’m thinking about you, and I’m praying you’ll feel the presence of the Lord near you in your pain. I’m sending much love your way.