Life is like a Ferris wheel going round and round, repeating itself over and over, sometimes you find yourself on the top looking out over your life. You think, ‘This is good; I could go on like this forever.’ But as soon as you get really comfortable with that thought, you feel yourself slowly slipping over the edge, descending toward some unknown yet familiar pit that consumes you until you feel the wheel slowly ascending to the top again.
I read this passage with its beautiful imagery in Katie’s Choice, a novel by Tracey Langford. The character in her story thinks about the seasons of the year, like football and Thanksgiving and Easter and how these event staples in our lives reliably return year by year. I picture each “car” of the Ferris wheel carrying people who enter and sometimes exit our lives, but have still been a part of the ride or journey. And who we have, for better or worse, developed a relationship with. Sometimes those relationships also go through a similar pattern—up and down, seeing a promising future and then feeling like we can’t connect well.
But there is one relationship that was always there. One that started before we were born. One we felt and treasured in our own limited way, even in the beginning: The one with our mother.
This site is dedicated to that Mother Love, even when it takes a round-about journey to get there. I believe that a complete healing and wholeness can be found in any mother-child relationship, even if you thought it was too late.
That is the premise of the collection of stories written by nine women in Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell their Stories of Forgiveness & Healing, compiled by Catherine Lawton and published by Cladach Publishing (www.cladach.com). No matter what your background, you will find yourself drawn to these stories and be able to relate to many of the feelings, experiences, and challenges these women have faced. And maybe, like them, you will find more healing and closure through God’s love, forgiveness and peace than you ever imagined!
Here are the stories in the book:
1. FEELING INADEQUATE:
Run, Run as Fast as You Can by A.R. Cecil
2. DEVASTATED by VIOLENCE and SEPARATION:
She Did Her Best by Treva Brown
3. ALWAYS “SECOND FIDDLE”:
Take Care of Your Mother by Verna Hill Simms
4. ADJUSTING to CHANGES in MOM:
Finding the Blessings in Alzheimer’s by Kerry Luksic
5. AFTER ABORTION and CANCER:
Beauty from Barrenness by Kyleen Stevenson-Braxton
6. UNMET EMOTIONAL NEEDS:
When I Feel Forsaken by Catherine Lawton
7. STEPMOTHER BLUES:
Finishing Well by Ellen Cardwell
8. DISTANCED by a MENTAL DISORDER:
Walking My Mother Home by Ardis A. Nelson
9. ANGRY and FRUSTRATED with MOM:
White Knuckles by Loritta Slayton
Do you have a wonderful relationship with your mom and/or your children today? We hope you do! And we would love to hear your story, too. You are not alone! This is a place to connect and to share. A place where you can find Christians who have gone through similar struggles … or are still going through them.
Whether you are looking at life from the upside or the downside, God cares. And so do we.
~ Christina Slike