Mother’s Day is soon upon us and as a mother of one son, my heart has been broken many times. It breaks for my son who is in transition now between jobs and yet I do have joy knowing he is walking so closely with the LORD and trusting HIM.
Jason’s visit to us here in Arizona was a complete surprise and we spent 18 glorious days together as a family. I will always be his Mom no matter how old he gets. I have learned that you cannot stop wearing that hat, no matter how hard you try and Dads always wear those hats too and so………
SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO NUMBER GRIEFS AS GRACE.
As he drove away headed back to Colorado, I fought back the tears. I have never liked saying goodbye. How wonderful it truly is when your children are small and always under your roof. But time passes quickly and before you know it, they are headed to college and then on to their own adult lives.
And so the grief is with me today……..the sadness of missing him already. Oh we had such fun together, but it seems that all good things do come to an end. I know I am blessed by this visit by him because I also know that there are some parents who will never see their children grow into adulthood. But still…….missing him hurts because:
GRIEFS and SORROWS ARE JUST A PART OF LIFE
I wish it wasn’t, but it is……..just like joy is a part of life. In grief of any kind, we learn about ourselves. And in our sorrow we learn about our GOD because…….
JOHN 1:16 “FROM HIS FULLNESS WE HAVE ALL RECEIVED GRACE UPON GRACE.”
So then sadness or grief or sorrow is really all………grace.
Really? How is that? Does GOD teach us much through those griefs? Being sad or grief-stricken is hard and sometimes impossible to go through, but it is HIS grace given to us and most of the time that is a hard thing to swallow. A broken heart seems to be part of GOD’S plan for us. When our hearts break it means that we have loved and through those heart cracks, HIS grace and love pour back in. And HIS word comes to us and it comforts us like nothing else can…….
PSALM 25:16 “TURN TO ME AND BE GRACIOUS TO ME, FOR I AM ALONE AND AFFLICTED.”
The GOD of all grace loves us, comes to us in the midst of our grief and comforts……..and that is grace!
I will always remember when my Mom passed away two weeks before my wedding day and how GOD sent my sweet aunt to comfort me. HE used her in a mighty way and HIS timing was perfect. I felt HIM speaking to me through her and as we knelt on the floor together praying, I felt GOD’S presence and comfort in my grief……..I felt HIS gentle grace. Our hands were held together in HIS grace. I know HE heard our prayers that day, because I didn’t understand at all why, why HE took her and HIS timing of it. My wedding day was filled with HIS grace from start to finish and those around me supported me with all their love. Everyone surrounded my Dad too who was dealing with his grief. We both made it through a difficult grief-filled joyous occasion and I learned so much from it.
AS MOTHERS, LET’S REMEMBER TO NUMBER OUR GRIEFS WITH OUR CHILDREN AS GRACE.
So knowing that grief is all about HIS grace, that comforts me now and I know it will in the future. Because there will be more sadness and sorrow to come. But there will also be much joy! Life can change on a dime and sometimes just 24 hours can make a difference! Let us always hold onto the HOPE…….the HOPE that CHRIST gives us!
Because of GOD’S grace today in my sadness of saying goodbye to my son, I am humbled, giving thanks for it and for all good things to come and knowing that:
NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER THE JOY OR THE SADNESS, ESPECIALLY TODAY, IT IS A GOOD THING ALWAYS TO BE CALLED…….
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO EVERY MOM OUT THERE!!
MAY YOU ALL BE BLESSED WITH GRACE UPON GRACE FROM YOUR CHILDREN AND ALSO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. AND MAY YOU REMEMBER ALL YOUR JOYS TODAY THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU!
1 CORINTHIANS 1: 6 “IF WE ARE COMFORTED, IT IS FOR YOUR COMFORT, WHICH PRODUCES IN YOU PATIENT ENDURANCE OF THE SAME SUFFERINGS WE SUFFER.”