Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another, love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.
I Peter 3:8
Where does a mother go when she needs some nurturing? Until recently, men have not been taught to nor expected to nurture their wives-and many still find it difficult. Children are children; they can’t be expected to meet their mother’s needs. So, where does a mother go for nurturing? On the human level, mothers need to go to other mothers. Who else understands so completely what it’s like to be exhausted because because your entire family has had the flu for a week? Who better can relate to the mortification you suffer when your children throw temper tantrums in the store? Who else understands the feeling of helplessness when you can no longer kiss your child’s hurt away-or the pride-you feel when your child stands on her own two feet.
Mothers share the experience of being women at a turning point in history. We also share the awesome opportunity of loving our children, of being responsible to them but not for them. What a shame if women who have this much in common didn’t get to know one another.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the gift of friendship. Without friends, life would be like a garden with no flowers.