It's the heart that rocks fussy, tired and sick babies...all through the night when necessary.
It's the heart that changes diapers and clothes...often just for the first few years of life...but when need, for entire lives.
It's the heart that feeds her child...by whatever simple, unique or complicated means necessary...for however long it takes.
It's the heart that sings and reads.
It's the heart that researches endlessly for answers and works tirelessly for treatments.
It's the heart that swells with excitement at the first word...no matter how it's communicated...or when it arrives.
It's the heart that plays.
It's the heart that teaches.
It's the heart that holds hands and comforts fears.
It's the heart that knows when to gently push for independence and it's the heart that knows when to hold firmly for protection.
It's the Mom Heart, and it comes in all shapes and sizes.
It is found in the mother's of typical children, (they come with challenges too you know).
It is found in the mother's of children with Autism, with Down Syndrome and a host of other diagnoses that their children may receive.
So you see, even though it may be labeled or packaged in an Autism Mom, a PTA Mom, a Soccer Mom or a Special Needs Mom, that heart...it's still the same...it's a Mom Heart.
So let's remember that, the next time you look across the aisle at the grocery store, the waiting room at the doctor's office or the hallway at school.
That mom you're looking at, she has the same heart for her child as you do for yours.
So don't forget, even though it does not always look the same.
We are all in this together; rocking our babies, teaching them, fighting for them and loving them.
The following verse reminded me of this, of our similarities and the fact that we are all created by the same God. We are all working with the same purpose and love for our children...
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV)
So today I pray for us, the Mother's.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that when we look into the eyes of the mother across the aisle, across the waiting room, across the hallway, that we see ourselves. Father open our eyes and soften our hearts so that we look past our differences and connect with the love that can bind us together. May we all remember, just like our children, we are created by You, for Your purposes. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.