A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN TO GUN VIOLENCE
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES
Just a few months ago, a deranged individual with an assault weapon walked into a school located in Newtown, Connecticut and took the lives of 26 young people. Since then more than 3,900 Mothers’ have lost their children to gun violence and will not be able to hug their children this Mothers’ Day, nor receive a Mothers’ Day wish from their children. This is truly a tragedy that none of us can comprehend unless we are one of those Mother’s that have lost a child to gun violence.
So many hearts have been broken; so many tears have been shed because the family chain has been broken. Gun violence has taken many young lives and those Mothers have come to know the meaning of shattered and broken.
For those Mothers who have experienced such tragedy and pain, let me encourage you as one Mother to another, please allow this Mothers’ Day to be a time of release and reflection. Take a moment and look around you and you will see your child in the elements of the world God has created. Look at the flowers as they bloom and beacon you to come closer, see the beauty of the birds as they cross your path, excited and having fun with one another, see the brightness of the sun as the raise beams down upon your body, feel the gentle breeze of the wind as it sweeps across your face and you here in it a soft and sweet voice that says to you, “Hi Mommy, I love you, then you pause, look all around you, and say, I love you also baby!” Now embrace it as a memory of the child that once occupied your space. Know that they are always there ready to wipe away the tear drop from your eyes and give you encouragement and strength to carry on and fight the good fight that will help others survive the tragedy that took their young, tender and precious lives.
Remember the words of Job: We are all adrift in the same boat: too few days, too many troubles. We spring up like wildflowers in the desert and then we wilt transit in the shadow of a cloud (Job 14: 1-2, MGS).
Allow the memories of your loved one to linger as long as you like but rest assured your child was blessed to you for a season and within that season take the memories and cherish them.
Allow yourself time to mourn and then embrace life as it is given each day because it is a gift that cannot be replaced. God bless each Mother who have lost a child to violence and may your journey be one traveled in the assurance that at any given moment you will greet your loved one in a unique way, that’s how God have designed it. May you be blessed abundantly this Mother’s Day, 2013?
We send our love an appreciation to all Mothers’ for a happy and joyful celebration. Let there be Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards all People.
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- Happy Mother’s Day (dorazsays.wordpress.com)
- Mother’s Day: To Save A Life Is To Save The World (anempoweredspirit.com)
- Mom’s Demand Action to host Morther’s Day in Boston and Cape Cod (mapreventgunviolence.org)
- Children Who Lost Parents To HIV Spread Awareness With Special Mother’s Day Cards (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Remembering and Honoring Mothers Who Have Lost Children (blogher.com)