This Mother’s Day I received a Mother’s Day greeting card in the mail. A few words written in the card: “You have countless children that all love you very much.”
You see, I have had no children of my own. My husband, Tom and I tried everything under the sun that is faithful to God’s law. Yes, even adoption – five times and each time the door closed. Oh yes, I can write pages of our experiences, the tests, the waiting, praying and hoping. This November we will celebrate 35 years of marriage! In the first few years of our marriage, so many asked “do you have any children?” Or “how many children do you have?” And when they learned that “we were trying to get pregnant”, many expressed their sympathy or wanted to pray over us, some wanted to give us remedies to try. We understood their responses and were touched by their sincere concern.
One person had the perfect answer. It came when I became a “spiritual mother” to a young woman whom we met through a social worker; she had been living with friends, abusing drugs and became pregnant by someone she couldn’t remember. She decided to give her child for adoption. I became her ‘labor-coach’ and was present during her long delivery. I was the first to hold her newborn son in my arms. That is when the “answer” came, it penetrated by heart. I heard the Lord tell me in my heart – “You see, you have come a long way, as you hold this child in your arms, this is beautiful – but I have other plans for you.” Immediately I sensed a deep peace while at the same time, I shed many tears. They were tears of sadness, but there were also tears of relief because the Lord gave me the grace to let it all go.
Many pages can be written on the opportunities God has given us to nurture others. We could not have done this without the grace of God.
There are many married couples unable to bear children of their own. While it can be difficult, they can be consoled with the love for each another and for those around them. God will lead the way and always provide opportunities for them to nurture others with love.
Next time you meet a couple trying to get pregnant – Tell them you’ll pray for their intention and then rejoice with them in their love for each other.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:304