It's Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mamas out there! I'm well aware that Mother's Day can be a mixed bag emotionally. For those whose mother wasn't exactly a "greeting card" sort of mother, it can be an awkward day as you search for the right words to say to a mom that wasn't everything you needed. There are those of you who have lost your mother recently. This first Mother's Day without her is a difficult one, and every Mother's Day after you will still miss her. You may be struggling with infertility, and Mother's Day is a painful reminder of your empty arms. Maybe you're single, and wondering if you're ever going to meet the right one, if you'll ever have a family of your own. Perhaps you are smack dab in the messy middle of motherhood and are feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of the responsibilities that you face each day. Even the thought of your kiddos bringing you breakfast in bed comes with dread because you know the mess that awaits you in the kitchen afterwards. This Mother's Day you may have a prodigal son or daughter wandering far from God. Guilt haunts you as you wonder if there's something you should have, could have, done differently that would have made a difference as they made their decisions. Or maybe you've lost a child through miscarriage, still birth, sickness or tragedy. Mother's Day reminds you of your horrible loss. You might have had a great mother, and your heart and home may be full of family and celebration on Mother's Day. No matter our differences on this Mother's Day, we all have something in common. We are all daughters of Eve.
By creation, and then by our new birth at salvation, we are daughters of God. But in our humanity, we are Eve's kids. As such, we come from a long line of brokenness. Sometimes, the brokenness is all we can see. It overwhelms us. If that's you, I want to cup your face in my hands, look in your eyes, and call you "Life Spring". I want to remind you that if you believe in and have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then His Life Giving Spirit lives in you. The Holy Spirit fills your innermost being and personality. In your innermost being flows a continual spring of life giving water. You don't have to be a mother to be called Life Spring, all you have to do is to start letting that river of living water in you splash onto others. Splash them with your words, life giving words that edify and build them up. Splash them with your kind deeds, life giving actions-a nicely set table and a favorite meal for that grumbly overworked husband of yours, a gentle touch and a soothing warm washcloth as you wash the sticky face and hands of your toddler for the fifteenth time that day, or a vase of hydrangea blossoms cut from the bush in your yard for the young wife at church that you know has been struggling with infertility and miscarriage for several years. God works in mysterious ways, and one of those mysterious ways is that when we pour life into someone else, God pours life into us. The more life giving you become, the more full of life you'll be.
Indulge me as I close this post with a little prayer for you.
Father, you know each woman who will read these words. You are intimately acquainted with each one. You understand her. You get her. You are head over heels in love with her. I pray that she will experience Your great love and the nearness of Your presence right now. I ask that You bring your wholeness to any areas of brokenness in her body, soul or spirit. I ask that whatever has hindered the flow of Your life giving spring in her innermost being would be cleaned out and removed. I pray that even today you would help her to have the experience of being a life giver to someone else, and that in turn you would fill her abundantly with the life that comes from You. I ask this in the name of Your Son, the Name Above All Names, Jesus.