Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and being that it is always on a Sunday, many of us start our Mother’s Day celebrations by heading to church.
Over the past few years, I’ve paid special attention to the prayers that are spoken in church on Mother’s Day. Prayers of gratitude for the blessing of children. Prayers for guidance in motherhood. And prayers for those who are grieving the loss of their mothers.
These are certainly important things to pray for.
Being a mom is hard, and I know I could sure use a few extra prayers as I care for my children. I need all the guidance I can get.
And a prayer of gratitude is always good, since sometimes, in the chaos of raising children, I forget how blessed I am.
And without question, praying for those who have lost their mothers is important. I have yet to experience such a loss, but I can imagine the heavy weight of grief and loneliness that goes along with losing the one who gave birth to you.
But I’ve noticed that there’s been one prayer missing. It’s a prayer that is so needed, but seems to be overlooked.
It’s a prayer for mothers who are without their children.
The mothers who have lost their children. The mothers whose arms are empty. The mothers who receive no recognition and seem to go unrecognized. The mothers who are heartbroken after experiencing miscarriages and stillbirths and infant loss and child loss.
By no means is this meant to be a rant against the church. It’s simply a reminder that there are a lot of moms out there who could use and would appreciate a special prayer on their behalf. They are loss moms. And prayer would help to not only acknowledge their pain, but also the fact that they too are mothers.
Whether their children died inside the womb or out, these mother’s are hurting.
And Mother’s Day is a reminder of what is missing. The heartache from losing a child never goes away and moms who are missing their children deserve to be honored as much as any other mother. And they could probably use a hand to help carry the weight of their pain.
Let’s not forget about these mothers on a day that is meant for them too. A little recognition and a lot of prayer can go a long way.