It’s Mother’s Day… and it’s different this year. My husband has cancer, and it’s been chaotic. I actually have another almost completed post about the chaos, but I wanted to stop for a moment; and give God thanks for the blessings of all the mothers who have been loving on us, the last couple months, during this difficult time.
There are mothers who have taken my daughter and treated her as their very own, during the days Dave was first diagnosed with rare stage four intestinal cancer. These compassionate mothers took my child on vacation, overnights, and for days; so I could be with my husband at the hospital. These mothers are the best kinds of friends!
There are mothers who have made us meals, and these wonderful mothers have not stopped coming, ever since my husband entered the hospital in late March. They have fed us, nourished our bodies, and brought joy to our household. They’ve eased our burden, by taking a huge load off of me and my family. Some meals are homemade, some are ordered from restaurants, or given as gift cards. We love it all… the meals have meant so much!
There are mothers who have come to stay in my house; they are my sisters and best friends, and more of them are coming. They are leaving their own precious children behind, to care for mine, by helping with anything and everything we need. They’ve been with me every step of the way, allowing me to be my real self with my raw feelings. Their support is without judgement, and lots of cheering for me, and my dear husband, the whole way!
There are mothers who have been here in my place. Some have lost husbands, children, mothers, and fathers. Some have loved ones, with cancer, as well. Yet, here are these sweet mothers; offering love, support, and encouragement. Praying mothers are rooting for us, sending Bible verses and cards. Some of the mothers have had cancer themselves. All these mothers have showed up; praying fervently for my husband and our family. These mothers have traveled our journey. They know we need love, and they are willing to give it!
There are mothers who bake. We’ve had homemade cookies and pies, and they’ve been delicious! These comforts are the comforts I want to give to my family myself, but cannot. These mothers have made treats for my adult children and my little one. How it blesses my heart! They’ve prayed with us, and for us, arriving at our home with sweet smiles and motherly hugs!
New mothers have blessed us, and grandmothers too! We’ve had care packages sent from around America. We’ve had groceries dropped off, generous monetary gifts from caring mothers and their husbands. There have been little things that come at just the right time, and bigger things. All these gifts are BIG to us! For they are exactly what we need, at the exact right time!
My mother-in-law is coming too. She is Dave’s mom, and mine. It’s been hard for her to wait, but we’re staggering helping visitors around the already staggered chemo weeks. So she has sent her love, a care package, and also created Dave’s Quilt of Valor.
There are my motherly friends who are not mothers. Yet, they are mothering me! They are blessing us and praying for us, and sending messages of encouragement. They are among my favorite friends!
God has sent mothers in the community and around the world to help us just when we need it the most! Dave brought up a verse just the other day, when we were talking about how thankful we were for all these mothers blessing us. It’s one of my favorites: “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds” (Luke 12:24 NIV)!
The mothers blessed my adult twin sons’ birthday. As mothers like to do, there may have been some spoiling involved! But honestly, when could be a better time? Dave has chemo tomorrow. But, the silver lining is that we don’t have to worry about the week ahead. The mothers have it covered! Even down to the yellow daisies delivered by one of my best friends and her daughter today; I felt incredibly blessed! We can’t even begin to express how grateful we are to all the amazing mothers who have blessed us abundantly!
“ ‘So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own ‘ ” (Matt: 6:31-34 NIV).
Prayer: Thank you, God, for mothers! Thank you for the beautiful, amazing, godly mothers; who have nourished, encouraged, and loved on us when we’ve most needed motherly love. God, you are Everything; both Father and Mother to us, and You know exactly what we need and when we need it most. Where we lack, you fill in with love. We trust You, and we thank You, for sending these mothers to us. Please bless each and every one of them, and their families, in Jesus’ name!
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