By this time, you may be “quarantine fatigued” and thinking about “The first thing I’m going to do when this stay-at-home order is lifted…” But while we wait, you may face the question, “If I can’t do what I’m used to doing, who am I?” The stay-at-home order has forced us to examine what many older people face daily – “If I can’t do what I used to do, who am I? Do I matter?”
Mother’s Day won’t be quite the same this year. It’s a reminder that a mother isn’t just “something you do,” a mother is someone you are. You will do many things because you are a mother.
Pastor Ken Shigamatsu relays this observation:
“I have a friend and she began to display pretty much all the symptoms for COVID-19. So she voluntarily put herself in self-isolation for about two weeks. She shared with me how when she was in isolation, she realized how much her identity was bound up in her work, in her being productive, in her being needed by her kids and her husband and other people in her life. As she was in isolation, she came to realize more fully that her core identity is not in doing things, or being productive, or being needed, but it’s in simply being a beloved daughter of God. 1 John 3:1 says “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” Even if you can’t do what you’re used to doing, your relationship with Jesus makes you a beloved, delighted-in child of God.