Over the course of this Corona Virus pandemic I have spoken with many a frustrated Mom. Trying to juggle working from home, with home schooling their kids, with keeping house, with maintaining social distancing, and only left feeling at the end of the day they’re failing at all of it! So on this very unique Mother’s Day, let’s get rid of all the mushy Hallmark ideas of what a Mother should look like and be honest…there is no perfect Mother. None of us is or will be everything to all our children…nor will every need be met every time. That’s not because we can’t or don’t want to do it, it’s simply because we’re not perfect. And try as we might to strive for perfection as a Mother, we usually end up struggling with guilt and regret for what we see as failure on our part. But trust me, there’s never been a perfect Mother, for not even Mary, the Mother of Jesus was faultless. For what Mother would leave Jerusalem after the Feast of Passover “assuming” that her young son was “somewhere” among the group of people they were traveling with, only to find him missing at the end of a full day of travel? (Luke 2:42-44) So today, take a deep breath and give yourself some grace…put aside the self-imposed shortcomings and congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished. For where there’s shadows, there always has to be light first! Happy Mother’s Day!