Mother’s Day 2020

“Normally“

Today will be different in so many ways.

Normally we would welcome Mother’s Day morning with open windows and fresh air. I would sip my coffee on the patio while listening to the birds. Not so today in northern Virginia. This morning it was 32 degrees when I awoke, and there was ice in the birdbath. Other neighbors to our north posted videos of snowflakes flying yesterday afternoon. How bizarre considering that last week I turned on the air-conditioner for the first time this season!

Normally we would enjoy a special dinner out with our family, including my mother and brother. This year we are unable to visit Mom in her nursing home due to COVID-19. My brother will drop off flowers and a card for her today, but they must be sanitized before she can enjoy them. And we hope to Facetime with her later, but this year she will not recognize our faces.

Normally, at the end of this day, I would go online and peruse all the photos of moms enjoying life with their kids, visiting grandparents, going out on the town, and dining in restaurants. Today I‘m sure I will see lots of family photos, but in a very different setting.

Adapting

We aren’t doing life “normally” nowadays, but we are adapting to a new way (dare I say, a better way?) of living.

  • Teachers, students and parents have all plunged, albeit reluctantly, into distance learning. (Well done!)
  • High school and college seniors have found unique ways to celebrate their graduations and commencements. (Congratulations!)
  • Military families are streaming commissioning ceremonies online, while demonstrating the importance of contingency planning. 🇺🇸
  • Families are spending more time outdoors, walking, biking, scavenger hunting, gardening, cooking and more. (Shout-out to my friend, Rita, for sharing this photo of a rock she discovered on a recent walk!)
  • Kids and adults alike are taking up new crafts and hobbies, or re-discovering projects they once enjoyed.
  • Churches, including small ones like ours, are streaming services online, reaching beyond their regular attendees. (Visit our Sundays Online page!)
  • And best of all, we are genuinely caring for our neighbors and those who are isolated during this pandemic.

Are you seeing it too?

For me, as a mom, this has been such a challenging, yet hope-filled time, to see everyone caring for one another. There is a lot of background noise in the world of politics and partisanship, but for the rest of us folks, we are just trying to get by. We are working together, at a distance, to make sure everyone has enough to eat. To make sure no one is alone. To make sure our front-line workers know they are appreciated.

We are living the example that Jesus taught.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John‬ ‭13:35‬

❤️❤️❤️


My Mother’s Day wish:

Don’t let this challenging time fade from your memory. Our doors and windows will swing open again one day soon. When they do, and when we all step outside again, enjoying our old, familiar activities, let’s continue to love and nurture one another.

 

Featured photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Turn the Page

The final days of each year offer a time of remembrance and reflection. We spend the waning hours looking back wistfully on heartaches and failures, while celebrating milestones and accomplishments.

I’m sure that I am in a shrinking minority of those who still use wall calendars. There is a feeling of satisfaction when taking down the old year, and hanging up the next. Twelve brand new months stretch out before me, full of promise and possibilities.

The future is not always welcome though, especially when it feels so random and beyond our control. We have no idea what unexpected events — good and bad — will fill those empty pages

So before the 2020 ball drops in your time zone, why not focus on what we can control in our little corner of the world?

There will always small improvements we can make in our own lives to give them more meaning and purpose. (We list them every year when we make resolutions.)

But maybe we can focus on improving the lives of those around us. We each know someone — a family member, a neighbor, or even a complete stranger in our community who needs a helping hand. 

What if we all resolved next year to shine our light into the dark places in this world where others are hurting or in need? Never underestimate how your love will brighten a dark day. Send a note. Make a meal. Or simply sit and listen. Sometimes the smallest gestures make the greatest impact.

think you will find as I do, that the practice of blessing others will bless your own life abundantly. But don’t just take my word . . . give it a try!

Have a wonderful New Year!