Mother’s Day is an odd holiday,
So many opportunities
for things to go wrong.
Vacuum cleaners and frying pan gifts aside,
women who have children eagerly wait by
on the edge of their seat
to see if anyone will acknowledge the day.
Women who are desperate for children
are expected to exuberantly celebrate those who do.
Women in the throws of child-rearing years –
the ones who could really benefit from a day off,
are the ones who work overtime
on Mother’s Day
to make sure their mother or
mother-in-law is recognized and honored.
Husbands who remember Mother’s Day
worry and fret about
what to do and how to do it.
Is a card enough?
How about chocolates?
Should there be flowers?
What about women whose mamas have died?
Mother’s Day dredges up lots of memories
with the realization there won’t be any new ones.
Women who aborted or adopted
often spend Mother’s Day lamenting
what could have been.
Mother’s Day can be a
tough day for many women.
On this Mother’s Day,
instead of letting
define your day,
who you are in Christ.