Why Mother’s Day is Hard for a Single

Now, I know that Mother’s Day shouldn’t be a hard holiday for me.

I’m not married and I’m not trying to have a baby.

But it is.

Because on Mother’s Day, the ugly, green-eyed monster called, Jealousy, rears it’s nasty head. And as I smile and say, “Happy Mother’s Day” to my friends with kids, I put on my “church face.”

I nearly lost it, though, on Sunday. I said, “Happy Mother’s Day” to my bestie, who is pregnant with her first and due any day now, and she in turn said, “Happy Mother’s Day” back to me. My auto-response was, “But I’m not a mother yet.” To which she replied, “No, but there is life in you.”

There is life in me. The life I have in me because of Christ, because I chose His Life. This is what the Scriptures say:

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. {Colossians 2:9-12, NIV}

We were buried with Him through baptism only to be raised with Him again, putting off our old, Adam life and putting on our new, Christ life! He has given us LIFE so that we may reproduce that life in another.

That could be our children, another family member, a friend or even a stranger. We are to take the seed of faith that has been planted in us, watered and nourished and then plant it in another.

This past Mother’s Day was a reminder that I will have to wait a little while longer to give life to a child whether it be biologically or through adoption. Maybe right now I’m meant to take my faith and plant the seed in the children around me until I become a mother.

If you’re single, how did Mother’s Day affect you, if it did? And who are you planting the seeds of faith in?

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