For Those Who Hurt On Mother’s Day   3 comments

john pavlovitz


Today is Mother’s Day.

For many people that means flowers and handmade cards and brunches and hugs and laughter. It means celebration and gratitude and rejoicing.

But for some it just means tears.

For many moms and adult children out there, this day is a stark unsolicited reminder of what was but no longer is, or it is a heavy holiday of mourning what never was at all.

This day might bring with it the scalding sting of grief for the empty chair around a table.

It might come with choking regret for a relationship that has been horribly severed.

It might be a day of looking around at other mothers and other children, and feeling the unwelcome intrusion of jealousy that comes with comparison.

Consider this a love letter to you who are struggling today; those whose Mother’s Day experience might be rather bittersweet— or perhaps only bitter.

This is consent to feel fully the contents of your own…

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Posted May 9, 2015 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

3 responses to “For Those Who Hurt On Mother’s Day

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  1. Thank you so much for your awesome post! I never did bond with my mother so I was determined to be a different kind of mother to our daughter. We, me, my husband and daughter had a great weekend for which I’m thankful. Knowing the many different kinds of relationships with parents I was very careful in my church work how I approached Mother’s Day and Father’s day. I didn’t meet my father. I am so thankful for my Grandparents…mother’s parents.

  2. Thank you for this post. My mother passed away last August. So I do not feel good about this day…..

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