Giving grieving mothers comfort
Members of the Pembroke Church of Seventh-day Adventists took time out of their weekend to offer love, support and prayer to grieving mothers ahead of Mother’s Day.
Led by their Pastor Michelle Hill, the ladies of the church delivered hampers full of fruit, bouquets of flowers, homemade cookies, bread and other baked goods to let the mothers know they had not forgotten their grief.
Members of the church braved the rain to visit five mothers who had lost sons or daughters as well as paying a visit to the hospital where they gave gifts and blessings to patients and staff.
One stop on the journey on Saturday afternoon was the residence of the mother of young man who died just last month.
During the visit, Pastor Hill told the mother: “We are here because your pain is our pain. You are a wonderful mother and we want to acknowledge your loss. We are your family and we are praying for you.
“We came because we know Mother’s Day is a hard day. It will be a rough day for you and we are thinking about you.”
Responding with tears in her eyes, the mother said: “I appreciate what you are doing. You are doing God’s work. I was honoured to be his mother.”
Crammed into her living room, the ladies then sang Sweet, Sweet Spirit to her.
Speaking on why the church decided to visit the mothers, Pastor Michelle Hill told The Royal Gazette: “We have been visiting mothers in the community who have suffered loss and grief and who are going through challenges to let them know that there are people who care about them.
“It is simply to let them know that we are praying for them on this Mother’s Day. As much joy as Mother’s Day can bring, it can be a very sad day for some who wake up with memories of lost children.
“Our purpose is the gospel — to bring god’s love to people. We can have all kinds of sermons but unless we put our hands to the plough and do what God has commissioned us to do, it is futile.