Mother’s day feels different. It’s so nice to see everyone posting today honoring their moms. I want to do the same. I want to say thank you to my mom, Eun Kyung “Eunice” Cho, one of the most loving, sacrificial and godly women I have ever known. I want to thank her for showing me such a godly example of daily Christian faith and what it means to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to thank her for showing me what it looks like to truly cherish and love Jesus more than anyone or anything else and to truly depend on Him in all areas of life. I want to thank her for depending on God when my father, her husband, passed away, for being strong in the Lord for our family. I want to thank her for the countless hours of prayer and her continued love and sacrifice for my brothers and me.I want to thank her for loving my wife Esther so much, just as if she was her own daughter. I want to thank my mother for always reminding me how loved I am and how she has supported me throughout my life. I know it’s cliche to say, but I really would not be the man I am today without her love and godly influence in my life. Happy Mother’s Day, Umma!
Mother’s day feels different. You might be wondering why it feels different at this point. It doesn’t just feel different; it is different. This is the first Mother’s Day since my wife Esther and I lost our baby girl Ara last summer in July. Ara went to be with the Lord after 24 weeks in my beloved wife Esther’s womb. I want to honor my wife and say thank you to her on this Mother’s Day. I want to thank her for giving me the joy of being a father for those 24 weeks. I want to thank her for taking care of our daughter in her body for those 24 weeks. I want to thank her for loving our girl with all her heart and with every fiber of her being and doing all that she could for her. I want to thank her for wrestling with God in prayer after Ara was stillborn and for coming out on the other side by God’s grace with a stronger faith in Him. I want to thank her for enduring through such great pain and heartache and for continuing to love God and serve Him with her life. I want to thank her for the joy that she brings to me in my life. And I know with all my heart that if God blesses us with more children, ones that we can raise together in this world, they will grow up knowing that they are unconditionally loved and cared for by their mother. Let’s continue to place our trust in Him! Happy Mother’s Day, Esther!
Mother’s Day feels different. For all of the women who may read this post on this Mother’s Day, I don’t presume to know how all of you are feeling or what you are going through, but I do pray that God fills you all with His love, joy and comfort, and His peace that surpasses all understanding.
To the women who have the blessing of raising children in this world, praise God! May He strengthen you with His wisdom and love to care for your children well and to help raise them up in His truth. May you be joyful always in the Lord for them!
To the women who have experienced the loss of a child, including those beloved children lost through miscarriage and stillbirth, may God truly give you His peace and love on this day. God knows your pain, and He loves you so much. May His steadfast love and open arms hold you as you find comfort and rest in Him.
To the women who have the strong desire to have a child, but have not yet had children or are unable to, may you find peace as you trust in God’s good and loving character and His timing.
Mother’s Day feels different. It is different. But God’s love and care for His daughters remains forever the same. Happy Mother’s Day.