This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day in America. For many, it is a joyful occasion, highlighted with traditional gifts of roses, candy, homemade cards and small tokens – lovingly crafted by little hands with big hearts.
Unfortunately, the holiday can have the opposite effect – stirring up a “guilt trip” for mothers forced to juggle too much, and struggling with feelings of inadequacy. And sadly, for some women, this day serves as an all-too-painful reminder of lost opportunities, loneliness, or family tragedy. If you find yourself in these latter categories, my heart reaches out to you in sisterly love.
I would like to submit that no matter the circumstance, Mother’s Day can be empowering. It should not be considered exclusive to those who have borne or raised a child. This holiday extends as a universal day to honor all of the remarkable women of the world – and if you are a woman of this world, then you are inherently remarkable – with an invitation to embrace YOUR day!
This Mother’s Day, let us expand our vision, and remember all of the women both past and present who have done so much to ‘mother’ the world – continually shaping, molding, working for, and nurturing our collective souls. One by one by one.
The video attached was created by my friend Seth Adam Smith, which adds a witness to the power of womanhood. Enjoy beautiful photography combined with excerpts of the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s talk entitled “The Women Of God“, given at the 1978 LDS April General Conference.
Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to women everywhere! May you each feel the special honor of being a divine woman of God. You were born with the purpose, potential, and power to change the world! – MoSop