Happy Mothers’ May, friends! Please join me in celebrating SB’s mom. SB blogs at Saving Without Scrimping. Take a little time to check out her blog. While you’re here though, please help me salute her mom for doing her part to train up her child.
I struggle with my faith, with the belief system I grew up with. It’s such an odd thing to say as I was devout well into my young adult years. I learnt my faith through my mum. I was always in awe that she knew the Saints days and had more detailed information about the faith than any of my teachers. I dreamed of the days when I would be old enough to participate in all the ‘grown up’ facets of the Church because of her.
In my mid-twenties, I began to move away. I saw more of my devout friends saying hateful things in Jesus’ name. I saw decisions I was comfortable making not aligning with the Church’s beliefs, and there were Church teachings I had a hard time believing. At no point did my mother judge me. We had gone to churches that labeled people like me as lost souls and prayed for us. In fact this was how I saw myself but not my mother.
My mother sees me as a person on a journey who needs to find her own way to God. She’s told me it’s never easy and points me in the direction of the saints. She insists that no one person knows God’s mind, and that God creates multiple paths to him. When I discover writings demonizing other belief systems or methods to feel close to God, she tells me to prayer for those people.
May has always been a special month in our home with great religious significance. I’m not sure if I can truly return to the Church but I do know that this May I will be following in my mother’s footsteps. I will be making a conscious effort to reconnect spiritually to the Creator.
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