If Mother's Day is Painful...

Three years ago today, I was gifted with the opportunity to share my story at our church. It was the first time I'd been given the platform to preach to our whole church and I was being tasked with sharing my most painful and intimate story of my life. Driving to church that morning I was nervous, desperately praying and the old hymn "This is my Story" came on the radio. I allowed myself a few tears that wouldn't destroy my makeup, reminding myself that my story was THE story God was writing in my life and it was worth bravely and courageously sharing. I did. I spoke 3 times that day, each day emboldening this unthinkable story to be shared with women and men who desperately needed to know about God as our Mother.

If today is painful, for you for any reason, know a few things:

  1. This is not the end. 
  2. God is writing a story in your life that is beyond comprehension and our role is to unabashedly surrender to it so we can get the most good to come from it. 
  3. We hope in God, not an outcome. If we do, our hope will never fail us.

May God's Word in this message speak to you today like it continues to speak to me. Love and prayers for you who hurt today. I see your faces. I remember your names. I'm with you.

Mother's Day - May 10, 2009 from Newsong Church on Vimeo.
"God as Mother"
Speaker: April Diaz


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.