Mothers Day brings with it all sorts of poignant feelings and thoughts. As a child my mum did not have a mother. Doug’s mother lived only until he was six years old. Fiona our eldest was mum to her first child, Ben, for eight short days. Meredith our third daughter said goodbye to her little son Peter just before his fifth birthday. Though all these memories are tinged with sadness as we approach this mother’s day there are joys to celebrate too.
Three days ago Meredith found a little Mothers Day bag made by Peter last year in Kindergarten. The bag was covered with hearts and shapes that he had patiently stuck all over the front of it. To her it was as if he was saying. Mummy, I was here, I did love you, I’m up in heaven now but all around you are memories of me and one day we will be together again, forever.
Next Sunday will be Mothers Day here in Australia. We will be having a special guest at our church. Lindy Chamberlain was a mum who not only lost her little girl Azaria to a Dingo, but suffered the injustice of a harrowing Court Case and merciless harassment by the press into the bargain. There followed more than three years imprisonment for Murder before the truth was finally revealed. I note that the subject for her Sunday Night Message is ‘Finding Forgiveness’’. What a remarkable woman.
All around us we see incredible mums who have endured such pain, heartbreak and loss as one could ever imagine and yet they are generous, forgiving and full of love for others. We salute you all and wish you a very Happy Mothers Day.
Footnote: Twenty five years before the loss of Azaria (1955) Doug was up on the banks of the Murray River near Swan Hill watching a sunset when an old Aboriginal man came along. During the course of conversation they discussed native animals. The subject turned to Dingo’s and the old man with a sad expression remarked, “Dingo very bad dog, he take piccaninny.” Doug didn’t think any more about it until the news broke, he was in no doubt that a dingo was the culprit.