Sunday, May 10

My Prayer For ALL Women On Mother's Day...

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep". 
Mother's Day is a celebration of mothering in all forms. Today, as I view endless photos of mothers and children in Facebook feeds, joyously embracing each other, their babies, their blessings... I celebrate with these family and friends! I pray for the continued gift of mothering in their lives and mine. I see their joy It reminds me of the joyous gifts of mothering I have been given...
I have been truly blessed beyond measure when it comes to mothering. I have given birth to two beautiful daughters. I have gained a son through marriage, who I have raised, as my own for half his life. This past year, I have had the opportunity to add to my mothering through the gift of my foreign exchange student who I too consider my own daughter. I write this post on bedrest with my fifth pregnancy. We rejoice! I have faith and hope that I will in five months hold this baby in my arms! 
As women we mother in many ways... 
Mothering comes in many forms. Maybe you mother a pet, Sunday school students, or nieces and nephews. I have mothered hundreds of students throughout my last fourteen years of teaching. I pray for them today as I see their mothering through social media and photos. 
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What we do not see today are the images of those who weep longing for mothering. Today the most important prayers I offer are for the women who are longing for the gift of mothering. I pray for women who are not yet mothers. The women who pray whole heartidly to make it through the day with out tears for the babies they yearn for. My prayers are for those who have lost their gift of mothering through miscarriage(s) and that they will hold a baby in their arms as they hold their angel babies in heaven. To all the women who have had to say goodbye to children they have held in their arms and watched grow... My thoughts, my prayers are with you that you can somehow have peace today, and everyday. 
I weep with you. I weep for my babies in heaven. 
So, today as you rejoice in your gifts of mothering please remember to pray for those who are weeping. Pray that God grant them peace and that they may experience the mothering that their heart desire.
To all Women...blessings of mothering! 
Happy Mother's Day
The Steffls

1 comment:

Beth Oslund said...

This is/was an amazing post Jamie. It really is touching, I have a friend that is going through a hard time conceiving and I know that is a struggle for many. God Bless and prayers for a healthy, happy baby for you all!