By Edwin Judd,
As I sat in Life Church service on Mothers’ Day, I was impacted with the realization that all the Mansion residents were present, but their mothers were not a present influence on their lives. I tried to imagine the thoughts and emotions that must be raging within their hearts as the virtues of Godly motherhood were extolled, and as the mothers present were recognized for their awesome examples. I wondered if any of the children were crying within and asking the question, “Where’s my mother at a time like this?”
Some of these children are orphans indeed. Their mothers have passed away. Their dads are not in their lives. They have been literally turned over to the Mansion, and we have the responsibility as their parents. As tragic as this is, it is probably the easiest situation to deal with because of the finality. The trauma in their lives can be put to rest. They can recover from the shock and get on with their future.
Others have living parents who for various reasons are either unable to fulfill or have abdicated the responsibilities of parenthood and have abandoned their children, at least for the present. What feelings of rejection must rise in their hearts at times like Mothers’ Day?
Some children come to us from physically, mentally, or emotionally abusive environments; abuse either inflicted directly by abusive parents or allowed to be inflicted by others. Most are here because of abuse, abandonment, neglect or rejection. Is it any wonder that feelings of disappointment, frustration, anger, and rejection can run strong? Unfortunately, for the majority, Mothers’ Day may not produce many fond memories. It may even give rise to some feelings of bitterness or, at the least, disappointment.
So, that’s why we are here . . . and why we need to be here!
I asked myself the question, “Where would these precious children be if there was not a haven of refuge like TCM where the love of Christ can be demonstrated by those who fill the role of parents providing help for the present . . . and giving hope for the future?”