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The Sorrow of Mother's Day

Sadness, by Alphonse Mucha
You've probably noticed a marked increase in commercials for floral arrangements and jewelry - Mother's Day is almost here. But for some women, it won't be a day of badly cooked breakfast in bed, a bouquet of roses and a card shakily signed card by little hands.

For many women, this will not be a day of celebration. There are those women who suffer infertility, and those women who've suffered miscarriage. There are women who have lost children through death or estrangement, and those whose children choose not to have anything to do with mom, for reasons we won't know. Certainly, there are many mothers who have given up children for adoption, and still ache for that loss, even if it was done under the best of circumstances. Others may have children whose kids live with dad after a divorce, or women who simply wanted to have kids....and for reasons only the universe will know, it just never happened.

If you see someone woman cringing this Sunday at church as the pastor asks all the moms to stand for a special blessing, stop afterwards and say a kind word or just say hello. Most of all, remember in prayer all those women who won't be celebrating a darn thing this Sunday.

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