Almost Like A Mother
I was struck by how similar this post is to my inspiration for this card, so I’ll share…
I have had many wonderful people who have been like Mothers to me, although they never knew their impact. Some were mothers of close friends, but some were complete strangers who only mothered me one time. I definitely didn’t appreciate them all at the time, and only later realized how much they taught me.
Some of my mother-figures weren’t even mothers. So, let us…
Be A Mother To Others
You can find ways and opportunities to be a mother-figure to someone else.
Maybe that means being a mother-figure to a sibling or a parent; maybe someone older or younger; maybe a co-worker or a friend; maybe even a foe. You can find someone to whom you can be a mother-figure.
What’s that? Did you just wonder, “What does it mean to be a mother-figure?” Well, thanks for wondering.
•A mother-figure is caring and compassionate.
•A mother-figure lends a listening ear, and gives a helping hand.
•[She] comforts us when we are disturbed and disturbs us when we are too comfortable.
Mother-figures and mothering images have long been used as analogies for thinking about God. Think of Isaiah 66:13, for example, where Isaiah sings of God, who longs to comfort us as a mother comforts her child.
Think of the beautiful poem in Hosea 11, where God is a mother who calls, teaches, holds, heals and feeds her young.
…Jesus in Luke 15… compares God seeking us to a woman seeking a lost coin.
This is what it means to be a mother-figure. Being a mother-figure is more about attitude than anatomy. Mother-figures can be male or female, young or old, familiar or foreign.
You can be a mother-figure to others.
Rise Up, Mother-Figures
Arise then … women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Let us solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace.
– Julia Ward Howe, Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870
Have you had one of these figures in your life?
Someone caring and compassionate, for no reason other than that she had your back.
Someone who listened when you felt like sharing, but didn’t tell you how to fix it unless you asked.
She inspired you to greater heights, and then mother-bear-ed anyone who blocked your path.
She comforted you when you didn’t reach the place you desired, then encouraged you with shining eyes to carry on. There were no motives or selfishness, all the while purely believing in your ability to achieve.
A mother-figure IS family!