Across America Sunday, mothers will be treated as queens. Gifts, phone calls, cards, flowers, meals at restaurants will be the order of the day.
Since my mother’s passing I have found myself contemplating motherhood more than ever.
Is mothering about one’s reproductive status? The 57,877,264 abortions performed in the United States since 1973 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 does not exist.
Does mothering require shared DNA? Comprising approximately 2% of the total child population. Adopted children would shout a resounding, No!
What if the definition of mother is not etched in stone?
What if mothering has less to do with biology and more to do with partnering with God?
Loving those individuals He purposely brings into our lives.
Has no age limitations.
No ethnic boundaries.
No socio-economic restrictions.
No religious constrictions.
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 would all be astounded by how much bigger our family has grown.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!