What’s a mother?

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What’s a mother?

Perhaps the one that birthed you

Or, perhaps she’s not.

Perhaps the one that held you,

Rocked you in your cot.


Perhaps the one that loved you,

Or, maybe she’s not.

Perhaps the one that nurtured,

Or, she just could not.


Perhaps a loving mother

Dried your baby tears,

Cared for you and taught you

Through your growing years.


Perhaps she is your hero,

The one who led your way,

Helped you meet the challenges

Of the everyday.


Or perhaps your memories

Are a different sort,

Of a gap inside your heart,

A woman who fell short.


Perhaps the one who raised you

Is not your flesh and blood,

The one who soothed your scratches,

Cleaned off dirt and mud.


Perhaps a different mother

Watched you change and grow,

Laughed with you and cried with you,

As she loved you so.


Whatever is your story,

Whatever’s in your heart,

God is always with you,

He loved you from your start.


No mother can be perfect,

This we know is true.

But God is like a mother hen

Watching over you.


He sees your joys and highlights;

He knows your hurts and pain.

He lifts you up on eagles’ wings;

He helps you fly again.


For mothers who have loved us,

All along our way,

For God’s care and protection,

We praise the Lord today.


© Copyright Ellen Carr 2015


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Merryn on 10/05/2015 at 12:52 pm

    Reblogged this on When You Walk Through The Waters and commented:
    Written by a dear family friend Ellen, this poem brought tears to my eyes as she read it out today.


  2. […] Today 10 May 2015, Mothers Day, Eastleigh Community Church honoured mothers. Ellen Carr recited her new poem “Whats a mother?” and it is podcast below. Not all mothers are the same, and this poem touches on that. To see the full text go to this address […]


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