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Top : Parents Corner : Moments For Mom : Vol. 2001 Issue 09b ~ September 11, 2001

Vol. 2001 Issue 09b ~ September 11, 2001

~ 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?

© Elisabeth K. Corcoran, 2001

Elisabeth K. Corcoran is the author of Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul . This column is original and not excerpted from her book.

Submitted on : 11-Sep-2001

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Top : Parents Corner : Moments For Mom : Vol. 2001 Issue 09b ~ September 11, 2001

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