Spare a thought
The other week I wrote about Mother's Day, and one of my readers responded with a comment about the difficulties that women who cannot have children face on days like Mother's Days. It must very tough, especially with so much "in your face" commercialism surrounding such days. It isn't only women who cannot have children, it is also those who have lost children through miscarriage or later in life (such as through cot death, cancer, accidents), those who have husbands that cannot bear children and women who no longer have a mother. All these women feel the pain and loss and mostly forgotten, we need to be more sensitive, especially the church when celebrating motherhood.
I often read blogs about the Duggars and the praise heaped upon Michelle Duggar for all the children she has had (as if she is some perfect example of Christian motherhood). Is she? She is blessed (no doubt about it), but it isn't a competition to see who can have the most children. Lets remember to praise the mother with just one baby, she is as important as Michelle Duggar with all her children.
Just one gift from God is as precious as ten gifts from God.
A mother with only one child isn't likely to tell the world why she only has one child, but how they must feel when a mother of ten boasts about her large family, whilst the mother of one suffers in silences if she can no longer have any more for what ever reason.
And for those women who can't have children, how do they feel when large families are gushed over. I can only imagine. It must be tough for those women when ask the usual questions after they get married "when are you planning to start a family?" and not wanting to reveal that they are struggling . . . these are personal questions that they may not feel comfortable sharing and shouldn't have to.
Whilst we all like to celebrate a new birth, it is a wonderful time as each new baby is a gift from God, lets remember all those women who can't have children for whatever reason.
God has very special plans for these women too, it just may not be motherhood.