For Those Who Hurt on Mother’s Day

Usually on Mother’s Day I would write a post celebrating my own Mom and Mother-in-Law, but this year I find myself thinking about the ones for whom Mother’s Day is more difficult and/or complicated.

If you’ve lost your mother

..I pray that you’ll be flooded with happy memories of her today, and the Lord would bring you comfort in your sadness.

If your mother is ill and/or not quite herself anymore

..I’m there with you. I pray that we can find ways to celebrate who our mothers are now.

If your mother was never around, or if your mother mistreated you

..I pray that you can find rest in God’s mother-like comfort for you.

If you ache to be a mother but aren’t

..I’m there with you. I pray that we’ll trust that God knows our hearts.

If you are a mother who has lost a child or children

..I pray for comfort and peace in your sadness.

If you are a mother struggling through the difficulties of motherhood

..I pray that you’ll experience rest, and freedom from comparison.

If Mother’s Day is difficult for you for any reason

..You are not alone. Sending love and comfort.


“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you” Isaiah 66:13


9 thoughts on “For Those Who Hurt on Mother’s Day

  1. Thank you Kelli for this heart-warming message. I lost my mom when I was 15. Since then, it is difficult for me to celebrate this day. God bless you always. Hugs from the Philippines. 🙂


  2. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful message, Kelli. 🙂 Be blessed in this Mother’s Day.


  3. Thank you. Mother’s Day has always been a struggle for me, due to my relationship (or lack thereof) with my mother.
    This was simple, but beautiful.


  4. Such a great post. Today all I could think of were two people I know who recently lost their mothers and how hard today must be for them. One was only about two weeks ago whom I went to school with. It was shocking because her dad died a year ago too. The other person is a man in our church who helped his mom out big time and she had Alzheimer’s disease. She died two months ago and his son died last year from a heroin overdose, so I can imagine that today wasn’t easy to think of his own mom or the pain of loss he’s suffered in general.

    I have a couple friends and a cousin with endometriosis who have been hoping to bear children and have a hard time with their ovulation scheduling and such and my heart was heavy for them all day long. I couldn’t even post a photo of myself with my sons anywhere today because I didn’t want to make their day harder on them.

    Your compassionate heart is beautiful.
    I have been praying for you here and there even though I don’t really “know” you.


  5. Thank you so much for this. My Mom passed away 20 years ago, and while our relationship was never that good, I always miss her on Mother’s Day.


  6. This is why I refuse to go to church on Mother’s Day. After the time all adult women but me were at the front of the church and it was going on and on about how being a mother is God’s calling for all women. I was in tears. I said something to the minister after the service and got a blank look like it shouldn’t have bothered me. Yet, one of the women gave me her flower because she saw how upsetting it was.


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