Friday, May 6, 2022

The Perfect Verse for a Broken Mother's Day


BySarah Geringer 

This is the perfect verse for a broken Mother's Day: 

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!"

Isaiah 49:15 NLT

I'm having the most broken Mother's Day this year. A no-contact boundary along with a series of vicious and mean-spirited betrayals, right in my face. It's also the first Mother's Day after my recent divorce, so it will look very different.

Though I have much to celebrate this year, Mother's Day will still be hard. I will have all three of my children with me, and we have a good day planned together. But to be honest, it will still be the most difficult Mother's Day I've faced so far.

For the past few weeks, this verse has been replaying in my mind. I believe God brought it to my memory to comfort me. He knows this Mother's Day will be hard for me, as it will be for you or someone you know.

I'm placing myself back in time as I meditate on this verse. All three of my children are now teenagers, so it's been a long time since I was the mother of an infant. But I nursed all of my babies for the first year, and my photographic memory helps me go back to nursing them.

A nursing mother is deeply connected to her baby. I remember feeling pain and pressure when it was time to nurse my babies after a five- or six-hour stretch of blissful sleep. At their cry anytime of day, my milk began to flow, and I had no control over that. I remember my milk letting down even when other babies cried in public!

This is the beautiful picture God uses to paint of his love for us. Most often in scripture, God refers to himself as Father. But here, he uses the metaphor of a nursing mother so attached to her baby she could not possibly forget that she is a mother. Her love for the infant is so strong and fierce - I certainly remember feeling that way with my newborns, and even still with my teens.

God knows exactly how many women over time have forsaken their roles as mothers. Some of them have done so with evil intent. Others out of mental illness. Still others are so dysfunctional we cannot have healthy relationships with them. God knows that some women do in fact feel no love for the child they have borne. 

If you are that forsaken child this broken Mother's Day, God is sitting beside you in your sadness, crying with you as he wraps his arms around your shoulders. He never intended it to be this way. But he graciously and tenderly steps in to the role your mother vacated. He does not forget you. He loves you far more than even the best human mother could do. God is deeply and closely connected to you, like a nursing mother to her infant.

I'm meditating on the perfect verse for a broken Mother's Day this year, and it's helping me turn toward God and away from my problems. I pray this verse will give you the comfort you need if your heart is hurting this Mother's Day.

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  1. This is really touching. I am praying that God fill your heart with his love and strength like never before in this season. May you find joy in the midst of the hurt and may God's arms be wrapped fully around you. Thank you for sharing. Sending you hugs from my part of the world.

    1. Thank you so much, Ufuoma. Praying God's blessings over you now!

  2. I appreciate you sharing this. I've had difficult Mother's days because of my desire to be a mother. It's bittersweet since moms are amazing and challenging because I knew I wanted to be a mom for the last 20 years. Hearing you're leaning into God reminds me, our mess becomes a message, and our tests become our testimony. Praying for your peace this Mother's Day 💚

    1. Thank you for praying, Veronica. I think you'll love this other post about Mother's Day from this week on this site:

  3. This is such a good verse for families and relationships. Only God is a perfect parent. Even though I had a loving mother, God's love is so much greater.

    1. Amen to this, and I pray blessings for you, Barbara!

  4. This verse reminds us that in God's eyes we're totally worthy of the very best love and care. When someone else doesn't see that they're flat out wrong. May God's immense love for you bring healing and hope for a brighter future than ever, friend!

  5. Sara, thank you so much for this verse. Mother's day is usually hard for me for the past several years as I'm the mom of a prodigal estranged 25-year-old daughter who chose to cut me out of her life. I still have no idea why, I long to make amends. My youngest daughter age 20 and I talk and visit from time to time. I long to have a close relationship with both of my girls. As I commented on Donna's post, I said that I haven't always been okay with God's wait, but I am now.

  6. Sarah, I pray that God wraps His loving arms around you and give you peace during this very hurtful time. I am glad your kids were with you and helped you enjoy dinner and beautiful work in the yard. It looks beautiful


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