A MOTHER’S LOVE CAN NEVER BE REPLACED.
Some of the bravest human beings on earth are the women who attempt to deliver their babies in poverty. Certainly they are not brave by choice but rather by necessity, never-the-less, their courage is inspiring. Their willingness to risk their own lives to bring a child into the world is the greatest sacrifice one person can make for another. It is the deepest form of love there is. A woman in extreme poverty knows the dangers of pregnancy and delivery – as well as the struggles she will face as a mother. The knowledge that her child could be born with physical or intellectual challenges, if it survives at all, is a fact of life that she must deal with. She also has to struggle with the realization that her own odds of surviving delivery are substantially less than women in other parts of the world where good nutrition, prenatal care and medical assistance during the birth are readily available…But even knowing all of this she is willing to risk everything for her precious child.
When a woman holds her baby for the first time she is completing the circle of love that enriches all of humanity. The bond that is formed between mother and child cannot be broken, no matter what life brings. Even in death there remains the longing of one for the other – through all eternity. A child who loses his mother is changed forever, and when a mother has a child die she experiences the greatest pain a human being can be forced to endure…but still the bond remains, unbroken and unending. The act of giving life to another person transcends all other human endeavors. Maternal love knows no bounds or restrictions. It does not ebb and flow as in other relationships. A mother’s unconditional love is the greatest gift a child can receive.
When a new mother looks into the face of her baby for the first time she sees the purity of humanity. She sees the hope of the future. She sees the very essence of love wrapped in a tiny bundle. It is a moment in time that defines us as compassionate beings that embrace and treasure the miracle of creation no matter how difficult the conditions may be that surround the birth. Our respect for each individual on earth must begin at the moment of life and continue to the end of the human experience. Love, respect and dignity must be accorded to each mother and child regardless of their ethnicity, political views, religious beliefs or economic class. Each new life adds to the rich tapestry of humanity in its own unique way. Each woman who selflessly gives her own body in the ultimate act of love deserves our greatest admiration.
That is why we have an obligation to protect both mother and child as they begin the journey of life. We owe them the chance to discover each other and to grow together. We must provide the opportunity for them to share their love and develop the special relationship that will remain with them throughout their lives. The women and children of extreme poverty deserve no less than those who are fortunate enough to live in comfort in the West. They should have proper nutrition, clean water and medical care because these are nothing more than basic human rights that everyone is entitled to. If we truly believe in the sanctity of life we must make the effort to improve the health and welfare of all women and children around the world no matter how severe their living conditions might be.
On this day it is important to remember the courageous women in poverty who have lost their lives in the effort to deliver their babies. As we celebrate the joy of our relationships with our own mothers we must remember the countless women who were never blessed with the chance to receive the love of the child they died for. We must honor their memory by doing everything possible to lower the maternal mortality rate for those in developing nations who will attempt to have children in the years ahead. No child should be denied the love of their mother, and no woman should be deprived of the opportunity to hold her newborn infant. The moment of birth should not be filled with horror and tragedy, it should be a beautiful, wondrous, profoundly spiritual connection between two human beings who will go on to share a relationship that is so special that neither will ever be able to replace the other in their lives.
A mother and child share a heartbeat forever. They will always be linked together in the ongoing chapters of their respective lives. When they are young, a son or daughter craves the attention of the one who gave them life, while the sound of a healthy child’s laughter is a mother’s greatest delight. As they grow older, children learn the important lessons of life from the woman they trust more than anyone else in the world, and as they age they begin to truly appreciate the myriad of sacrifices she has made on their behalf. Beginning with conception and including the decision to continue the pregnancy, a woman makes a LIFE LONG commitment to another human being who will be dependent upon her for their physical safety and well-being, as well as their emotional and mental health. There is no greater responsibility a person can assume than that of a mother. It is the most important role that can be played in life.
The true measure of a human being is the willingness to sacrifice for others……
That is the perfect description of a mother.
MOTHER’S AROUND THE WORLD SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. WE EACH OWE THEM OUR LIVES.