A Different Kind of Mother’s Day

May 10, 2017
By Stephanie Watts, Mt. Bethel UMC Called to Care Foster Parent and Ministry Advocate

This Mother’s Day is a different kind of Mother’s Day for me. While I have had the joy of celebrating Mother’s Day with my two biological daughters the past several years, this Mother’s Day is unique because I also have a son for the first time, and this may be the only Mother’s Day I ever have with him.

You see, as a foster mother, I am asked daily how long our little man will be living with us. The truth is we really have no idea. He could leave tomorrow, he could stay in our care for years and then return to his biological parents, or he could become part of our family forever through adoption. When I picked up that incredible baby boy from the hospital when he was born last December, I instantly fell in love with him, despite knowing that the number of my days with him were unknown. As much joy as it brought me to be his mother for this season, my heart was devastated for his biological mother whose son had just been taken from her. 

The thought of all of these things is overwhelming at times, but ultimately, isn’t God the only one who knows how long each our children will be with us? Each day with our children — whether they are ours through biology, adoption, or foster care — is a gift from God. We never know how long we have with them. Ultimately, they are all God’s children, and He is in control — not me. 

As my family and I live out our specific calling to be a foster family, we trust God’s promises that He has wonderful plans for our family and our foster brother/son (Jeremiah 29:11). We also believe he has great plans for our foster son’s biological parents, and we pray for them daily. This Mother’s Day I am thankful God has given me the enormous blessing of being able to share His love with a child who otherwise would be without a family right now.

Children in foster care are modern-day orphans. There are currently over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. In James 1:27, God commands us to care for orphans. Will you ask God this Mother’s Day how you can care for children who are separated from their mothers? Could you provide meals for a foster family, drive children in foster care to doctor’s appointments, commit to pray for a child in foster care, or welcome a child or children into your home for however long God calls you to care for them? 

Mt. Bethel’s Called to Care Foster Ministry is hosting Encounter sessions about foster care ministry on Wednesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in B116 and Sunday, May 21, from 4 to 6pm in B118. Please come to learn how you can get involved in foster care ministry. If you have questions please e-mail me.

In Christ’s love,

Stephanie Watts

Mt. Bethel UMC Called to Care Foster Parent and Ministry Advocate