Our Hope

Cards Missing from the Mother’s Day Rack

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Extraordinary Everyday People, Motherhood, Our Hope | 7 comments

Like many of you, I visited the card rack yesterday. I was looking for appropriate cards to give several women in my life for Mother’s Day. While sifting through rows of colorful choices I noticed some blaring gaps in the selection. I couldn’t find custom cards for my friends who didn’t seem to fit into the neat categories offered. 

As I watched shoppers finger through their cards – reading and rejecting, sifting and segregating their choices, I wondered if perhaps they were also stumped like me. Not all women who mother are moms. And the broad sweeping categories seemed to exclude many deserving women.

The more complicated the situation, the more inappropriate generic text became.



Where is the card for the young woman I know who recently walked through the unthinkable journey of burying a small child? She is a mother still.
And where is the card for my friends who long for and have worked hard to become pregnant, rejoiced over a positive pregnancy test only to later lose the child before ever having the opportunity to hold it. They are mothers.
I believe the desire to be a mother comes from God and is delivered through a seed more powerful than man’s. God’s seed is fruit-bearing and redemptive. It comes from him, honors him and is him.

I’ve seen many women give birth to such a seed after facing the trauma of their own empty womb.

Women who nurture, feed and tirelessly provide for others are mothers.


Jesus wrote each of my friends a personal card not found in a Hallmark store in the mall. His pleasure for them is spilled out through his Word and by his Spirit. When he answered his disciples with the rhetorical question “Who is my Mother?” he knew. He knew there was a higher law in effect than the natural order of biological connections.


When we mother out of love for others and obedience to God – we give life. We partner with the seed bearer.
Leaving the card counter empty-handed, I chose rather to pray.

May my card-less friends find the treasured text God has written for them on Mother’s Day and know they are deeply loved, appreciated and never forgotten…


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Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Courage, Fear, Our Hope | Comments Off on Boston


Darkness Cannot Extinguish His Light



Shortly after publishing my blog this morning I turned on the news. Like the rest of the nation I sat frozen in front of my TV digesting gruesome images from the Boston Marathon bombing. Once again our nation grieves. We drape our hearts with mourning cloth and pray this never happens to us. Our emotions bounce from shock to sorrow, from grief to anger.

As we look on, two other terrorists begin to knock at our heart’s door, cynicism and fear – dwellers of darkness. Although barely visible they somehow seem familiar to us because they always accompany catastrophe. They wait to join terror, challenging hope and trust. They collaborate to extinguish light.

Cynicism and fear are darkness dwellers. Their job is to overpower our perception of truth – truth promised to us. Without hope our hearts fail. Light fades. Without hope, trust weakens. We harden.

We have a choice to be in the light and of the light. Let us choose to let our tears run freely and glisten in his light. May we trust him by letting our hearts stay soft even at the expense of, and during pain. Our path will brightly light up with hope as our face points to the One we can fully trust.

Father, be near to the brokenhearted. Let your light shine brightly through our bottled tears, use them as beacons pointing toward you. Place your Holy Spirit at the door of the discouraged, turning away the intruders of despair and hopelessness. Amen.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear. The Lord is the stronghold of my life” Psalms 27:1

“For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness made light shine in our hearts to give us understanding of his glory in the face of Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:6




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