• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Not So Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a joyful celebration for most but not for all. After my father died I dreaded Father's day because it was far from joyful. I think of those who are hurting this weekend. Especially, those who are going through a “first” Mother’s Day without a special someone in their life. I pray for those who have lost a child or a grandchild, those who have lost a mother or a grandmother, those who long to be a mother, those who have no relationship with their mother, children or their grandchildren, those who did not have a "godly" mother and those who are hurting.


Whatever pain you are enduring, you are not alone. God, Himself, endured the horrible death of His only Son. Psalm 10: 14, "But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless." God will never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13: 5, "“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.” He is there for us in times of trouble. Psalm 9: 9, "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." God is close to you. Psalm 34: 18, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." He knows every tear we shed. Psalm 56: 8, "Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—

are they not in your record?"


I thought of Romans 12: 15, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." We can comfort other's just as we have been comforted. Reach out to those who are grieving this Mother's Day through a phone call, text, note or prayer. Hebrews 10: 24-25, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together,as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."


Most of us think of mothers as comforters. God described His love for Israel with a motherhood metaphor. He told Israel that He would comfort them like a mother comforts her children. Isaiah 66: 13, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” Another time, He used a hen metaphor. Matthew 23: 37, “...How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…”

I think of the tender moment of a mother and a child. The child is totally content just being close to its mother. The child just wants to be in the mother’s presence. It is a peaceful time of love. The child draws strength from this quiet time. Isn’t this how God is with us? His adult children. We calm down and draw strength from just being quiet in His presence. He is waiting to wipe away every tear, watching over us, sitting up with us through the night, listening to our hurts, knowing what is best for us, etc.


To all of you hurting, I pray a special blessing over you and ask God to pour His peace that surpasses all understanding on you!



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