By Elisabeth Corcoran
I've never felt this way before. For the first time in my life, I feel unsafe. Maybe I've lived naively the past 30 years. Or maybe I've never felt such threat before. I'm sure I am not the only one who is feeling this numb, what-do-we-do-now feeling.
But as a mother of two small children, today, I couldn't help but hold them and kiss them and whisper to them over and over again that I loved them. I have possibly lost a bit of the nonchalant bounce in my step. I will never mother the same again. I am forever changed. And I suspect I am not the only one.
But I reminded myself of something, and I will continue to remind myself in the days to come. This is not glib, this is not flippant, this is truth, whether we believe it in our gut or not, it is the truth: God is in control. And I have to believe that from my core or I won't be able to go on.
The God that I love and have given my life to, for whatever reason, allowed all of this. But that same God is all-knowing and all-powerful and ever-present and fully just and completely loving. And moms, He will get us through this. The bounce in our step will come back - maybe not to the same degree, but if we lean into His care, it will come back. And our naivete may be forever gone, but the lessons we take away from all of this, how much bigger life is than our petty differences; how much larger a scheme of things there is compared to our tiny problems and inconveniences; that people, the people we love, are so much more important than our selfishness; and that, yes, we have a God who will walk us through this, those are lessons that will fill the void our innocence has left.
Moms - love your children, love your husbands, love your God. What else do we have, really?
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