In the last month, I have had the humbling honor of praying for several dear friends who are hurting with their children. I have prayed over a hospital bed, sent prayers through emails and just listened as these mothers have shared their pain and tears with me. The heart of a mother is always connected to her child – when our child is hurting you can be sure the mama is hurting as well.
I remember when our oldest daughter was in 5th grade and she came home from school in tears because “all the girls had scrunchies” that they wore in their hair and on their wrists and she had none. Our money was tight (of course), but we went out that evening and bought scrunchies in many colors and designs and her tears and pain were soon gone. Fixing her problem was that easy and I felt so good about my abilities as Mom. Ah, if only life’s problems were that simply again???
So what is a Mom to do when she can’t go out and buy scrunchies, or in other words fix her child’s problems. There is only one place to turn — our Heavenly Father. When you find yourself in despair for your child, remember this plan – turn to God’s Word, God’s people, good books and prayer. My dear friends – cry out in prayer for your child and yourself (because I know that your heart is broken as well). The best advice is to cry out before the throne of God, because it is your Heavenly Father who loves both your child and you so much – more than you can possibly know.
Oh Father … You are so aware – aware of the struggles our children are going through, aware of our hurting hearts, aware of all the pain. You have not looked away from our children or us. Yet, Lord we cry out why – when – where??? Lord reveal Your love, Your care, Your peace and Your plan. Remind each of us of Your heart for us – how You love us, because the enemy’s lies scream that You don’t care. Give each of us hope in Your goodness. Hold our children close, so close Lord that they feel Your breathe, Your presence. Keep us faithful to the end as we know You will be faithful. We believe …help us Lord in our unbelief. Amen
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? …I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15