What do the words “Mother’s Day” make you feel? Do those words cause you to feel warm and protected? Does it bring up past remembrance of pain and hurt? Is there a void that you attempt to fill due to an absence of that figure? Did you just recently lose your mother?

There’s no doubt that this special day brings up some sort of feelings in our heart. Whether it is negative or positive, it’s assured that there is similarity in feelings between people. You are not alone, my friend. We have all had an experience with mothers, even if our own isn’t present now.

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb — Psalm 139:13

We praise God for the miracle of life, and the role that mothers have.

The word mother is defined in the dictionary: “a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth.” When viewed as a verb, the word mother is defined as, “to bring up (a child) with care and affection.” Care and affection are two things that are crucial for healthy development in a human being.

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you– Isaiah 66:3

God likens himself to a mother, bringing to mind the incredible comforting ability of a loving mother.

We are actually created with the need to be cared for and to receive affection and attention. Without question, it is not a surprise that we immediately think of a maternal character when we think of these things. A lot of mothers are willing to go the extra mile to make sure their child feels safe and loved. A woman’s character naturally seeks to nurture. What makes a nurturer a nurturer, though? Is it being that person who gives their attention and assistance to those in need? Is it the hand to hold when there is something going on externally and you feel out of your depth? Maybe it’s both, and maybe it’s more! From forming foundations of safety to being the guiding voice that we are always able to come to when we feel lost, a mother is a gift that is not easily or quickly replaced.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her– Proverbs 31:28 NJKV

Personally, Mother’s Day has traditionally been difficult for me. Even though I can have a positive outlook on all the other mothers or potential mothers in my world, my mind will inevitably go back to when my own mother was tragically killed in a car accident (alongside my father). I look at this time with such confusion as to why bad things happen to good people. But I have absolute assurance that God is always good. I can now say with confidence that I am bigger and better.

Though many look for nurturing from one particular person or source, it is also said that it takes a village to raise a child. Many people are able to be the provider of that particular type of care and love. So for those that are struggling this Mother’s Day, let’s be that person who stands in the gap for them. Our tongue has the power of life or death (Proverbs 18:21). So let’s bring life to someone on this specific day and completely change their perspective.

Hug a mother this Mother’s Day. Hug someone who has lost their mother this Mother’s Day. Hug someone who didn’t have their mother in their life. Either way, enjoy it and give thanks for those special women around you!