MOTHERHOOD: Motherhood Is A God Given GiftPARENTHOOD | | by Catherine Manning
A woman lies down on a sterile hospital bed as she awaits the birth of her daughter. A mixture of fear, excitement, and fatigue show on her face as she tries to get some sleep. You may be wondering why I’m describing this woman. Well, infants are the closest we can get to touching heaven itself. God created mothers for the pure purpose of rearing the souls that are meant to pass through this life to return to him. Therefore, women play the most precious roles in the plan of salvation. However, women do not need to give birth to succeed in this plan. Aunts, sisters, Godmothers, teachers, and every compassionate woman, plays a part in guiding children into righteous adulthood.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. -Proverbs 22:6
Now I have a confession to make: I do not have a child, nor have I ever been pregnant, but I strongly believe in God’s plan. I feel joy and love when I think of God’s trust in my abilities to nurture and love his children. I have the opportunity to bring a precious soul into this world and give it a body. A body is essential if we are to return to God. Yet, the beauty of God’s plan is that I do not need to succeed in giving birth to be a mother. I can be a foster parent, I can adopt, or I can be like any of the women previously listed.
Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; And the fruit of the womb is his reward. - Psalm 127:3
Still, some of you may be thinking:
If this is a gift from God then why can’t I conceive a child or why am I plagued with miscarriage after miscarriage?
First of all, I do not know the right answer and I cannot begin to understand your agony, but what I do know is that God keeps his promises and I personally believe that any child lost before birth or after birth is up in heaven awaiting your arrival. Some souls just need less time on earth than others to achieve their purpose here and I promise that the pain of this life will be washed away with the bliss of the next. And for those of you that cannot conceive at all, I am sorry that this is something you must bear.
God may have called on you to mother and love the children in your community and your life and this calling is one of the most virtuous ones you can be given because you are sharing the kind of love that can multiply and touch thousands of lives.
And so, I leave you with this question: How can I better utilize God’s gift of motherhood into my life?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11