Good morning! Welcome to the table. Won’t you sit and sip some chai with me? Today I’m hosting part of the Gathered Thoughts Link Party for my lovely friends at Love Feast Table. Here is my ‘gathered thought’ prompt:
Motherhood is a series of lost and found blessings.
The blessing of carrying a sweet baby around in your tummy is lost, the blessing of birth is given.
The blessing of a fresh, snugly, warm newborn is lost, the blessing of an alert, smiling peanut is given.
The blessing of a chubby cheeked toddler is lost, the blessing of a talkative, imaginative pre-schooler is given.
At each stage I find myself mourning what was – what I’ve lost, who my boys were at such and such age – but each time I am blown away by the unexpectedly beautiful next stage.
The assurance that what comes next will also be a blessing allows me to enjoy today without fear. Knowing this, that each blessed stage ends, makes me want to dwell that much more in the moment, drinking in who my boys are that day because surely they will be different tomorrow. But tomorrow will be a blessing as well. I don’t have to cling to today as though the end of this stage will mean the end of the blessing and the beautiful, because another will be most unexpectedly given in its place.
Even when I can’t fathom what could replace the sweetness of a standing, cruising, smiling OBrother or a creative, enthusiastic OBoy, I can know and trust that it will come, and that it, too, will be a blessing.
The more times I experience this cycle – loss and then unexpected blessing – the less unexpected it becomes.
Praise God, I can trust in the unexpected blessings of tomorrow.