Are We Not All Mothers?
This is one of my favorite quotes on motherhood (it’s from the talk: Are We Not All Mothers? by Sheri Dew – it is so good, go and read it HERE.) As we battled six years of infertility I remember thinking about this quote often and I would share it on Mother’s Day. “Motherhood is more than bearing children” I would tell myself. Motherhood is taking care of my kindergarten kids, motherhood is nurturing my husband, motherhood is smiling at a stranger, motherhood is sending a card to a friend going through a hard trial. Motherhood is “the essence of who we are as women.”
In the Bible, Eve was called “the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20) before she even bore a single child. I have not borne a single child, yet I am a mother. And even before I had kids, I was a mother. Another quote from the talk “Are We Not All Mothers?” is this one: “President Gordon B. Hinckley stated that ‘God planted within women something divine.’ That something is the gift and the gifts of motherhood.” I LOVE this and I know it is true. We, as women, have something divine within us and it is that we are all mothers. We all have the infinite capacity within us to reach out, to succor those in need of succor, to nurture, to lift those who are discouraged or frustrated. We have the ability to smile, to be gentle and meek, to whisper a quiet loving word. We are all mothers.
And so, as we go into this week of Mother’s Day, I hope to share this knowledge that we are all mothers. I hope that anyone feeling discouraged by the thought of Mother’s Day ahead is encouraged by this blog post. I remember well the Mother’s Day that seemed hard. I hope that we can all remember that whether we have children or not, whether we have borne children or not, whether we have a mother on Earth right now or not, we are all mothers and we are all part of a loving Heavenly Father’s plan and that He has a plan for each of us. We are all mothers and we have a beautiful divine nature within us.
Love to you all this Mother’s Day week!