It Takes a Village

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Today is Mother’s Day.  It’s important to remember that as joyous as today may be for some of us, it can be a day filled with pain and tears for others. And for many of us, it’s both.Preschoolers today will learn that we don’t all have mothers around to care of us, but God gives us other people to take care of us. We need to be thankful for all the people who make us breakfast, put a Band-Aid on a scraped knee, sing us songs, and worry about us night and day.

God loves us all and wants us to have as many people as possible in our lives who will love, care, guide, and protect us. And who will teach us and be a good example for us.

Have a conversation with your child about all those who fill this role in their lives. Why not write a note together thanking the people who help your children? Maybe you are like our family: We don’t have any family within 1,000 miles, but by the grace of God we do have people around us who love our children, take care of them regularly, and are not afraid to parent them when needed. I am so thankful for them!

Today the women of Munger will find themselves in many different situations and with many different emotions.  Please know that happy, sad, or in between, your church family is always standing with you and please never hesitate to reach out to us.

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you;
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you;
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you;
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you;
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you;
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you;
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you;
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you;
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience;
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst;
To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day;
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be;
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths;
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you;
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you;
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart;
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you.

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

 

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