Saturday, May 07, 2005

Should we do away with Mother's Day?

Mother's Day used to be one of the saddest days of the year for me - at least in church. I enjoyed celebrating and honoring my wonderful mother...but I wanted to be one too.

I can remember sitting in church, hearing for over an hour all the wonderful sentimental things about being a mother. Songs about mother's. Awards to the oldest mother. Adwards to the mothers with the most kids. Awards to the newest mother. Flowers on the way out for all the mothers.....

Well, you know what? Not everyone that wants to be a mother is one. That's why I think that church should do away with a total "Mother" focus on Mother's Day. A Godly woman focus would be much more appropriate and not further break the hearts that are already broken.

Back then, it was all I could do to keep from crying each Mother's Day service.

So, each Mother's Day has a new outlook for me.

First, total and complete thankfullness for the three children God finally did give to me. I may be 53 when my daughter finishes high school; but I'll be the proudest 53 year old Mom around.

Secondly, my heart still aches - aches for those out there who still would give up anything just to hold a baby in their arms that is their very own.

So, no, I don't think we should do away with Mother's Day; but I do think that we should still be aware and sensitive towards those who are not blessed like we are!

Laura Bankston

Laura Bankston is author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum: Homeschool Cooking in a Box and the Homeschool Cookbook. She currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For information on her curriculum and free home school support services, please visit http://www.homeschoolcookbook.com

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