•remembering mothers everywhere •

I struggle with Mother’s Day.

I just do.

I’ve been accused of being a “bleeding heart,” but every year at this time, I find myself reflecting on Mother’s Day and what it means to those who, in a very imperfect and fallen world, try to navigate the day, when this day, any day, can be so difficult. In a perfect world, Mother’s Day would look like one of those sentimental greeting cards and life would be uninterrupted and simple. But life as we know it is not always that way. As I have become immersed in urban ministry, my heart breaks even more…for the mother who finds herself grieved after having lost a child to gun violence. The real and the raw stories of mothers on the front lines have shattered my already fragile heart. This Mother’s Day, I’m praying – warrior prayers for the weary mothers fighting all kinds of battles; the prayers we utter may have different content but they are the cries of women interceding for their children and those they love as if they were their own.

If your Mother’s Day is uncomplicated and beautiful, I urge you to pause today, and amidst giving thanks, PRAY for those mothers, near and far, whose perspective looks very different today. Imagine if we women, mothers, grandmothers, friends, neighbors, spiritual moms, thought of ALL THE mothers and children today who have hurting hearts and actually PRAYED for them.

FOR MOTHERS EVERYWHERE…

•There are mothers whose children have been victims of gun violence…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers whose children are battling mental health issues…We MUST join them in prayer.

•There are mothers who fear for their children as they struggle to raise them in urban America…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers whose children have committed their lives to public service in tense social times…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers whose children are incarcerated…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who are incarcerated…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who patiently wait for the return of their children from foreign lands as they protect our freedoms…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who have children who are missing…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who see their children return from war very different people, who often can not find a way to cope with their new reality…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers whose children suffer from PTSD…we MUST pray with them.

•There are mothers who watch their adult children make choices that break their hearts…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who are victims of abuse, who fear daily for their children…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who have sent their children home to heaven and their hearts ache…We MUST pray for them.

•There are children who have sent their mothers home to heaven and they miss them with every fiber of their being…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers whose tragic choices have separated them from their children…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who step in to become something every child deserves; foster mothers…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who did not bear the child that has stolen their hearts; adoptive mothers…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who sadly live on the streets…We MUST pray for them.

•There are mothers who have given their children up in hopes of a better life, longing to know they are safe…We MUST pray for them.

For Mothers…in all circumstances.

I’m PRAYING FOR YOU. 

In a perfect world, it would be just that…perfect. But life, as we know, is not perfect, that is for the eternal. So as we sit on the verge of another Hallmark Mother’s Day, it is amidst all of the “sentimental verses,” that I’m compelled to pray for the real mothers. The ones that are fighting battles, every, single day.

Women living very real circumstances.

Very real, and often very difficult, lives.

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Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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1 Comment

  1. Oh Lori!
    Wish I’d see this yesterday to share! BEAUTIFULLY written!
    Love your heart!
    K

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