Over the weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. During this time you couldn’t help but notice it everywhere – from the social media posts to the advertising and store promotions.

I love celebrating special days like these, and I normally get wrapped up in them. But this year I couldn’t stop thinking about others whose moms maybe weren’t around, and moms whose children were no longer with them.

I kept wondering what they must be feeling during this time: Do they feel a loss in their hearts? Do they have any regrets? Are they still hurting? Do they feel lonely? Are they okay?

My mom is still alive, and my son is still with me. So I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to not have my mom and son with me. Although I can’t relate, I do still feel this conscious weight on my heart of the longing that they must have for one last hug or one last conversation.

This got me thinking:

  • Cherish those that are still here, and make time to connect with them and build long lasting memories with them.
  • Reach out to those who have lost a mom or a child, and let them know that you are thinking of them.
  • Be a mom; be a sibling; be a child; be a friend to those who are in need or feel lonely after losing those relationships. Never underestimate the value and significance that those relationships place on others, including yourself.

If you are missing a loved one during this time, or in everyday life, just know that you do not have to carry your grief and pain alone. You can lean on God, and He will walk with you and help you. His love and His grace will cover and carry you. All we need to do is reach out to Him, and He will respond!

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