One of the best descriptions I ever heard about mother- hood was from Cathy Guisewite, who said: “The story of a mother’s life: trapped between a scream and a hug.” I know what she means. Thinking back to when I was raising my own children, I remember the screams: the temper tantrums of the terrible twos, being awakened by someone else’s nightmares, the slips and falls and bites and breaks; the broken hearts, the blaming; “I didn’t ask to be born!”, the bedroom door slamming. Better, still, I remember the hugs; little arms wrapped tight around my neck: “I’m sorry, Mom.” “Here! I made this for you!” “I love you!”, and all was forgiven, if not forgotten.
Honore de Balzac said, “The Heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” I have found that to be true. No matter how mad you get at your kids, no matter how they can drive you crazy, all it takes is those four little words “I love you, Mom.” to make it all right between you.
No matter how old your children get, no matter how far away they live, they still hold the strings of your heart in their hands, and they tug on them all the time. Mothers live their whole lives through, listening for and dreading those screams, fixing the hurts the best they can, and waiting for those hugs.
God must have a mother’s heart, because God, too, spends his days trapped between a scream and a hug. “Why did you let this happen to me?” “Where were you when I needed you?” we scream, blaming God for all our hurts, and asking God to fix them. And all it takes is those four little words, “I love you, God!” to make it all right between us.
No matter how old we get, no matter how far away we move from God’s loving arms, God is always there, listening to our screams, fixing what can be fixed, and waiting for our hugs. How blessed we are, that like a mother, God’s heart is a deep abyss at the bottom of which we will always find forgiveness.
Thanks be to God! Hug a mother today! Pastor Barb <><
For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34