Motherless since December, I have found myself contemplating motherhood more than ever. Is mothering about one’s reproductive status? The 54,559,615 abortions performed between 1973 and 2011 would suggest otherwise. Is mothering instinctual? The 400,540 children who are living without permanent families in the foster care system would cry that it doesn’t exist. Does mothering require shared DNA? Adopted children who comprise approximately 2% of the total child population would shout a resounding, “No!”
What if the definition of “mother” isn’t etched in stone? What if mothering has less to do with biology and more to do with partnering with God in His plan— Kingdom destiny for those individuals that He purposely brings into our lives? What if it has no age limitations? No ethnic boundaries? No socio-economic restrictions? No religious constrictions? What if it is an eternal process?
What would happen if all us females would “mother” on a grander scale? Extend love, tenderness and encouragement to those outside our immediate family. Live an authentic and transparent life. Sharing our experiences, disappointments, joys and hopes. Perhaps next year on Mother’s Day we’d all be astounded by how much bigger our family has grown.
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Have a great day! Rita