Mother’s Day 2020
On Facebook this week, a friend posted that she is done trying to "keep up appearances." She is done creating the perfect backdrop for her zoom work meetings. She is no longer dressing up and putting on makeup just to work from home. She decided she will no longer tell her kids to be quiet and stay out of the office while she is working. She is done with it all because the image she was portraying was not her reality. She is just one of many who have had no breaks or changes in scenery for weeks and doesn’t know exactly when that is going to change. She has realized it is not her job to keep up the false appearances, but to instead let her colleagues know she is doing the best she can.
I sent her a message thanking her for the honesty in her post, which I am sure was helpful to many. She let me know that her most important job right now is not to keep up "appearances" but instead to just do the best she can, and her priority needs to be (and I quote) “not screw up her kids.” I thought her ability to find a focus in all that is going on in her world stunning and remarkable. Nothing else matters but our children and that they know we love them. When she took away the distractions, central to her life is her role as a mother and that is her priority.
On Sunday we are going to celebrate all those mothers in the world who are doing the best they can, with what they have, where they are. We are praying for the children who do not have the love of a mother, mothers who can’t have children, and our call to love each other as a good mother loves her children. Join us Sunday for “Mother's Day 2020.”