No rain means no rainbow.

I am grateful for days when I am reminded how important it is to reach out and be genuinely interested, when it is more important to pick up the phone and call to inquire, when it is more important to ask questions rather than answer them, when it is more important to listen than to be heard.

I am grateful for days when I feel loss – when I miss having a Mom to call, when I miss being a Mom who is called, when I am the one left out of holidays and celebrations and visits and invitations to visit, when I no longer have that connection to someone for a random “How are you doing today?” phone call, when I miss being needed and wanted. I am grateful for these days, because these are the days when I am reminded once again that I have all that I need, that I am under His wing, that I can lean on His everlasting arms, that no one understands like Jesus.

I am grateful for days when I am still Mom – when my opinion is sought out, when pictures are shared, when love is shown, when I am still needed and wanted, when I can support and encourage and pray for the best children and grandchildren in the world. These are the days when I am more aware of how much my own Mom loved me and cheered me on and loved me unconditionally and squeezed hard with hugs and made me feel like I was the most important phone call of the day.

Sometimes I understand a woman’s need to adopt, to have another child, to seek out love wherever she can find it, to gather dogs and cats in abundance – that desire to love and be loved, to feel needed, to take care. Those emotions can be so strong.

So, for these feelings, I am grateful for this passage today:

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message)

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