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When Mother’s Day Is Tough

By Comeuntochrist.org
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For women, Mother’s Day is a revered holiday, filled with picture-perfect moments of sweet motherhood. Except often it isn’t. For many, Mother’s Day brings painful reminders of sorrow, heartache, and grief. To those who feel hopeless and downtrodden when this spring celebration rolls around, you have reason for hope and rejoicing in your sacred responsibility of motherhood.

To the Childless Mother

Mother’s Day can be difficult for women who, for any number of reasons, do not have children of their own. However, Sheri Dew teaches that women do not need children to embrace motherhood. She has said, “Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.”

Even though children may not be part of your current situation, you can still nurture and build others with the mothering qualities you possess as your birthright. There are always hands to hold, burdens to carry, and hearts to lift. Your expressions of motherhood will not only help you realize your identity as a mother but will also bless the lives of others.

To the Heart-Heavy Mother

Mothers who struggle with strained parent/child relationships, children who make poor choices, feelings of personal inadequacy, or other hardships often feel heart heavy on Mother’s Day. But rather than yield to feelings of sorrow and discouragement, let Mother’s Day remind you of the importance of your eternal role as mother.

If you feel inadequate or fear your challenges are too heavy, focus on your influence as a mother. Speak with kindness, teach with gentleness, pray unceasingly, live obediently, and above all, love unconditionally. Show your children by word and example how following the teachings of Jesus Christ strengthens you. You may not change behaviors or circumstances, but you will find joy in motherhood as you magnify your responsibilities with honor.

To the Grieving Mother

Mother’s Day can be especially challenging for mothers who have lost a child to death. Thankfully, the Atonement of Jesus Christ promises not only victory over death but also hope and healing during the temporary separation. If you feel grief on Mother’s Day, remember Jesus Christ and all that is possible because of Him. As the Apostle Paul taught, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

With the gospel of Jesus Christ as an anchor, Mother’s Day can serve as a reminder of all the promises of motherhood to the faithful now and into eternity. Through Jesus Christ, emptiness can be filled, heavy hearts can be lightened, and sorrow can turn to joy.