Thank you for allowing me to become a mom.
Thank you for trusting me.
I have finally learned how to listen to your messages; to be gentle with myself.
But being a mom wasn’t easy. I made so many mistakes. I worried all the time. I questioned myself and my decisions daily.
Now, I believe that, all along, you were guiding me down the right paths.
Although the paths were uneven and I lost my balance often,
It was you who believed that I was strong enough to handle it,
You taught me to be patient; to just keep going.
You helped me to breathe.
Thank you for focusing my attention on the beauty of this gift.
You were always there, whispering softly, “Appreciate the little things.”
“It’s your job to build a home. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
It just has to be safe and full of love.”
Thank you, God, for filling my world with such joy.
Through hard days and challenging times, you kept reminding me that I had a beautiful song inside me. You helped me to share that song with my children. You kept me positive. You showed me how to point out life’s joy.
And through all of life’s obligations, your were there to remind me to slow down; to pace myself so I didn’t miss important moments. You were trying to teach me to just go with the flow.
Still, I’d find myself flitting here and there with nervous energy. I know, now, that it was you who continued to ground me, reminding me, again and again, to just appreciate the magic and mystery of life.
And while I was busy guiding and teaching,
you said, “Remember to take time for fun”
because you knew that all too soon my babies would be grown,
and the nest would be empty.
In the middle of all those years of parenting, I may have been too busy to hear you,
but now I know you were always there.
Now, I am listening.
And now I know that Mother’s Day has been
every day since I became a mom.
It’s me, now, who wants to give thanks
for my two beautiful daughters, who have been the light of my life,
and for my baby grandson who is now flooding my world with new light.
Thank you, God, for giving me a lifetime of gifts.