Sunday, May 10, 2009

For all my women friends on this Mother's Day

I don't know about any of you, but Mother's Day has always been difficult for me because I have been each of you. I have been single and childless, longing for a child. I have lost a child. I have children now. I want more children but have been denied that opportunity by life. Needless to say, Mother's Day is always a mixed bag of emotions for me.

As I thought of each of you this morning, I was gently reminded of sacred truths regarding Eve's rightful role in the eternities, primarily that Eve was called "the mother of all living" before she had any children. When Adam declared her name before God, he was not only foretelling future events in her life, but was also stating fact, summing up reality. Eve was a mother because of who she was, not what she had done.

As daughters of Eve, we are the rightful heirs to all of the blessings promised our first mother. By the very fact that you are a woman, you are entitled to be called Mother, just as she was. The mitochondrial DNA you inherited from our first mother which is embedded deep within your cells declares it so and your faith ensures this promise will be fulfilled.

This unique role of mothering is one that only you can fill. It is a sacred kinship that we share with each of our sisters on this earth. When we begin to understand and honor the inherited title Mother in each of us regardless of our child-bearing status, we will become an unstoppable force as we range about our world doing good – nurturing, uplifting, healing, loving – mothering.

So with that, I declare a Happy Mother’s Day to all of us.

Much love and many hugs –