“Rejoice with those who rejoice: mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)
This is what we do on Mother’s Day.
Because, my friends, it IS actually possible to feel two emotions at the same time. This is a concept that has taken me years to grasp and was particularly difficult when I was in a season of mourning on Mother’s Day while everyone else seemed to be rejoicing.
But, I have learned that there is room for both emotions to co-exist even in the exact same moment.
It’s an amazing thing when you realize that celebrating another’s joy doesn’t take away from your loss.
And it’s an equally amazing thing when you realize that mourning another’s loss doesn’t take away anything from your celebration.
We can’t do it through our own strength though. It’s only by the power of Christ in us that we are able to accomplish this.
So, to those of you who will wake up on Mother’s Day and will be regaled with love and attention, we rejoice with you! This day is one of celebration for you and no one would ever begrudge you that.
And to those of you who face this day with a heavy heart because you are dealing with
a traumatic past
a traumatic present
…we mourn with you. We pray for you.
And for all of you, no matter what your circumstances, don’t ever forget that today is just a day.
This day, this one little man-made ‘holiday’ doesn’t define us. It doesn’t prove our worth.
We are defined by the amazing, perfect love of our Heavenly Father and our priceless worth to Him.
Praying you feel moments of joy this Mother’s Day whether you are rejoicing or mourning,