But God loves me every day in amazing ways.
If I'd been a mum I may have experienced being in intimate union with someone very dear to me, but not necessarily as relationships can be fraught and complicated. But I am in intimate union with God everyday as He is part of me and I am part of Him.
If I'd been a mum I would have experienced the incredible pain and joy of giving birth or even if I couldn't give birth myself of having my own child placed in my arms and in my care. Nothing can match up to the wonder and privilege of birthing and caring for something that is so absolutely unique yet part of me.
But I have not been a mum. Does that make me depleted or less as a person? No, because all those qualities of creating, nurturing, loving, cating, guiding, cherishing and treasuring are still within me, ready to enfold or support any who need such love. I will never hold my own baby or have happy family times with my grown up son or daughter but there are those all around me who need holding in prayer and love and given happy fmaily times as they have none of their own.
I am full of love and gratitude to my mum for all she has given and still gives me, but mothers day is all about how our mums have been there for us, loved and supported us, believed in us and made us happy. Yet many others in my life have done those things for me as well as my mum and they need thanking and acknowledging too for I would not be who I am today without the input of all these dear people in my life, many of whom have never had their own children either. In God's kingdom we are all family and while some may give birth and others not, the traits of being a parent are within us all and its our choice how we use those amazing mother/father gifts to bring love and joy into our hurting world