Last night my favorite blond son messaged me and shared a tender part of his heart with me. I am guarding what he shared with lots of love and prayers for him. I am very honored that he would share it with me.
As my sons were growing up there were sweet moments when my favorite redheaded son would come and snuggle with me on the couch and share what was weighing on his mind or his heart. Sometimes I would ask questions, sometimes I just listened. It wasn’t about finding answers, but about knowing his heart and his thoughts were important to me. He was important to me.
My mom used to joke that I was guaranteed to come and share some life-changing experience with her at around 11 o’clock at night. It was a time for me to tell her about my heart when the room was dark and no one could see what my face might disclose.
The only thing that mattered was the time we spent talking things through and knowing what I was concerned about was important to her, I was important to her.
May and June have days set aside for our parents to be celebrated, but not everyone had or has a healthy relationship with their parents. Some no longer have parents here with whom to share the day.
I am blessed with a healthy, strong relationship with both parents. I am also blessed with “bonus” moms and dads who are aunts, uncles, (Jim and Miri, Jon, Joanie), or dear family friends who long ago became family members. Carol, Rich, Vicki, especially come to mind.
Each person has spoken into my life during seasons of indecision or a loss of hope. Each one has given me the courage to continue on my faith journey, infusing me with joy and the hope I had lost.
My Heavenly Father has blessed me again and again with living blessings who have given comfort, helped me heal, and pushed me onward.
Best Beloved, you may not have children surrounding you this Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. You may have an estranged relationship with your parents, but God has surely placed precious people in your life who have encouraged, challenged, corrected, and comforted you when it was needed.
A word spoken at the right time is like gold apples on a silver tray (Proverbs 25:11 HCSB).
Celebrate these relationships, the people you have are blessings and they may need to hear it from you today.
Sending love to you,