The traditional “Norman Rockwell” kind of Mother’s Day can be a time of celebration and great joy. Around the world, phone calls, flowers, a foot massage or perfume can mark that special day dedicated to a mother’s love and hard work. Some moms will be treated to lunch and many will read a personalized card of recognition and appreciation.
But how is this day for the precious women who come in our doors each day at NOVA Pregnancy Help Centers? What does this holiday mean to them? How will they celebrate?
For the young woman who decided to choose life for her unborn child, it is a time to enjoy the smiles and laughter of a precious baby. It is a time of family members visiting—taking turns holding the little one as pictures are snapped and cherished! On the other hand, for the young woman who considered an early abortion but ultimately chose life, Mother’s Day may harbor lingering guilt. For those who have experienced abortion, Mother’s Day can become a painful reminder of regret or shame. Anger may resurface too…at the thought of abandonment by ‘the boyfriend’ who brought pressure to bear. Still others have placed a newborn baby into the arms of another mother… and the hollowness does not easily subside. For our clients, a myriad of emotions may revisit, understandably, on this holiday.
Our staff at SLM works alongside our loving God at the sobering divide of life and death. Sometimes our nurses and volunteers find that the divine creation seen on the ultrasound screen will never appear again…the altar of convenience has sacrificed the tiny life. Those are the days that settle roughly for the caregivers. Yet our momentary affliction ends with the comfort of believing in heaven’s homecoming.
As you celebrate Mother’s Day this year, please remember our clients and pray for them! Remember those hurting from poor choices of the past—and those who chose life but struggle with parenting and absent role models. (For some, a counselor at the center has become the encouraging ‘mother figure’ who models nurturing love.)
Pray also for our faithful staff and volunteers who purposely step into the continuing struggle of life and death and for the emotional strength needed. Finally, join us in praising the LORD who ordained all human life as worthy of sanctification—set apart and brimming with His purpose.