Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Gift

"This is the day that the Lord has made.  
I will rejoice and be glad in it!"   
Psalm 118:24

Why is it when our children are young, we only wish for a "break"?  A little time kid-free, uninterrupted sleep, a moment in the bathroom - by ourselves.... 

BUT - when our children are older, all we want is a day with the family all together.  We wish our children would spend the day at home; they would want to do something, even something simple, with mom.  We long for our kids to be at our side doing anything but arguing.

As Mother's Day approached this year, I realized what a funny holiday this is indeed.  A day when mom should have what she wants regardless....  But, can we really have it all?  Can we hide away on this day when the kids are young then expect them to run home and celebrate the holiday when they are older?

I don't have an answer to that question but I do know that our sacrifices now are our blessings later.  If we put down our phones and listen to our kids today, then our kids will talk to us tomorrow.  If we sit on the floor and play the games that they love now, then they will join us for the games that we love later.  And, it only seems to reason that if we stay home with our kids while they are young then they will come home to us when they are older.

I am not delusional and I know that life is not as simple as a formula.  But, I do know that our kids pick up on the small things.  They can feel our desires and, when they are young, they thrive on time with us.  So, on a special day like today, do we run to the spa or have daddy take the kids away for the day?  Or, do we celebrate this moment with our children and our spouses?  Do we sacrifice our secret desires today so that we may enjoy the blessings of our children in years to come?  For me, the answer is simple:  

Our angels are blessings, today and tomorrow.  
Rejoice.  Be glad.  The Lord has blessed you.  
Enjoy this blessing now and forever more.

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