Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day when many of us celebrate our mothers and wives. As tomorrow approaches, I am reminded of a number of people I know who have lost children–due to miscarriage, still birth, accidents or unexplained reasons. Perhaps this is true of others who follow The Voice of One. I cannot fathom such a loss. If I lost one of my children, I imagine my life would be like a waking nightmare. No doubt other readers have lost their mothers. For anyone who is having a not so happy Mother’s Day, I want you to know you are on my heart. I am praying the Lord will transform the pain you’ve suffered into something healing for yourself and others. I also want you to know I admire your faith. I admire that you are seeking to know the Lord in the midst of heartache. It may feel like a thorn in your heart now but from the thorns God’s beauty will bloom in your life.
We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, so that Jesus’ life may also be revealed in our mortal flesh (2 Cor. 4:8-11).
Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me…. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me (2 Cor. 12:7-9).