Pushing back the dark

It’s Mother’s Day today. A day to celebrate the moms in our lives. But what about mother-wanna be’s? Those precious women who aren’t able to have children who desperately want them? This is a tough day for them. I know some women that avoid other people today. Avoid going to church because it’s just too painful to see others lauded and celebrated when their childless state is not of their own choosing or doing.

The song in my head today made me think about these mommas-at-heart. My own sister is one of them. But I want to state categorically that my children are better off because of the love she was able and willing to lavish on them. The chorus to this song, Pushing Back the Dark by Josh Wilson, goes…

Whatever you do just don’t look back
Somebody needs the light you have
Whatever you do just don’t lose heart
Keep on pushing back the dark,
keep on pushing back the dark

See, I feel sometimes that I spent every minute I had raising my kids and being their mom. So much so that there wasn’t room for other children. A personal regret. And there are so many children that need somebody who has the time and energy and resources to make their life a little better.

So for my sister, Ruth, and my friend, Michelle, and so many other friends, please know that Somebody needs the light you have!! Some place there is a child or children that need all that you are willing to lavish on them. And thank you for loving these kids as your own. For making a difference in the lives of so many kids that otherwise would have nobody.

And I think every time we can do this, we are pushing back the dark just a little more.

Matthew 19:14… but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

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