Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Special Prayer for Mothers Who've Lost a Child

This year our family will encounter many firsts. We've already hit the first Valentine's Day, first Easter, and first birthdays for my wife and I since our beautiful Amanda was murdered. Later this month, my youngest daughter Courtney will celebrate her first birthday without her sister. There are still many special days and holidays to come before the first year without Amanda comes to a close. I have no doubt they'll all be hard.

"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."--Proverbs 31:29

But today is the first Mother's Day, and it's especially hard on Mothers who have lost a child. So today I wanted to say a special prayer for all those mothers who have to face this day having outlived a son or daughter. This is that prayer.

Dear Lord,

Today is Mother's Day, a day set aside by society to honor the ladies who nurtured us when we were too little to care for ourselves, who loved us even when we seemed unlovable, and who for the other 364 days each year get too little recognition for everything they do. Though they deserve it every day, this is a day marked on our calendar to remind us to make them feel special and appreciated.

Most mothers will experience that love today. Husbands, sons, daughters and grandchildren will go to great lengths to make them feel special, appreciated, and in some cases, pampered.

Jesus, you above all others know how deserving they are, but today I want to ask your blessings on a special class of mothers. I must be honest. Before this year, they never crossed my mind as we celebrated Mother's Day. On this special day, they weigh heavily on my heart. Because this is the first Mother's Day my wife will endure without Amanda, our beautiful daughter who died in January. I want to ask your blessings, Lord, for every Mother who has outlived a child.

On this day, please wrap your arms around them. Please give them strength and peace. Let them know their child is in a better place, a place with no suffering and no pain. Let them know there will come a day when all of YOUR children will be reunited. There will come a day when everyone who believes in you will come together and be joined again for eternal life.

I pray, Lord, that you will help them discover that their children are still with them. Though they may be absent in the body, every mother can keep her child with her always in her heart. If they don't already have it, I pray that you will send a messenger and open their hearts to receive your message that brings peace amidst turmoil, love even when we are surrounded by hatred, and strength when we have been beaten down.

I hope and pray that you will make it possible Lord, for every mother who has lost a child, to find a reason to smile today, to feel loved, and to feel appreciated.

Jesus, in your name I pray. Amen.

All of you who have lost children will remain in my prayers throughout the day. May God give you peace and strength.


6 comments:

  1. John, thank you for your prayer. It was a beautiful gesture. Lois

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  2. You're welcome Lois. I pray that God blesses you with peace and strength.

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  3. And peace be with you, as well.

    My beautiful daughter Stephanie left this earth 4/3/09 to be with her Lord. I miss her every second of every day.

    Thank you for the prayer.

    D

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  4. I want to thank you John for your gesture, I lost my oldest son in August 2010 and this will be my first Mother's Day without him so your sentiments are very much appreciated.

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  5. Your daughter was absolutely beautiful, and I know you miss her every day. I lost my only sibling just over 10 years ago, and I know Mother's Day is always sad for my mom. I celebrate her and love her the best I can, but I know there is a piece of her heart missing that no one will ever be able to fill. Thank you for your beautiful prayer for her.

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  6. You're very welcome ladies. I know how difficult my birthday was, and I've been imagining how hard Father's Day will be this year. I wish that none of us had to experience this sorrow, but it's what we now face. I pray you find comfort in knowing that one day you'll be with them again.

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