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The Way of a Mother

By on May 11, 2012

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. – Author Unknown

This week my 13-year-old daughter has been dealing with a tragedy. On Tuesday, she spent the day consoling her best friend. When Emily returned home, see came into our bedroom, curled up in her mother’s lap and let the tears fall.

Mary Beth knew exactly what to do.

Death’s sting

Death’s sting is being felt in my corner of the world.

But the tragedy isn’t stopping the community from coming together to offer relief to a family’s pain. There’s no question Mother’s Day will be bittersweet as one mother grieves while the other mothers hold onto their children a little tighter.

While this week’s heartbreak doesn’t make sense, one thing has been made painfully clear: The way of a mother isn’t measured by the number of recital concerts attended; the way of a mother is measured by how often she covers her child in love and then crawls inside so the child never feels alone in this world, or in the next.

After what I’ve witnessed this week, I believe fathers share a part of their child’s heart; mothers share a part of their child’s soul.

My hope on this Mother’s Day is that my corner of the world can remind the rest of the world that the love of a mother is one the most beautiful thing God creates.

If that happens, then maybe something good can come from this tragedy.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Nancy Shields

    Beautiful post my friend – so very true what you state about mother’s.  Today’s post was honoring my children – they are adults now and their picture is on my blog.

    Thank you!

    •  I’m heading to your blog now Nancy to see your children! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • What I was struck by in this story is the compassion Emily showed in consoling her friend.  13 is not always an age known for empathy and compassion, so what this story says to me is that you and Mary Beth have given Emily great courage and a great heart that she is able and willing to share with her friend.

    The image of Emily curled up in Mary Beth’s lap reminded me of this verse–“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.”  Psalm 91:4

    • Thank you Galen for sharing the Psalm – it’s beautiful, and fitting. Emily is a gracious, special young lady. We are fortunate to have her.