To the child who has already lost their mom. To the family whose mother suffers from addiction. To the kids who don’t know where their mom is.

To the moms who ache to hold their child one more time. To the women who will never feel life in their wombs. To the single girl who longs for that perfect dream, the family she patiently waits for but finds missing.

To the single parent who doesn’t feel celebrated – who never gets a break. To the wife whose husband didn’t meet her expectations. To the father raising his children alone, wishing he had a partner in this life.

Let me encourage you to listen to what I have to say. I know that the temptation on this day can be to bury our heads in the memories of those lost or dreams never fulfilled, but I am pleading with you to stop. Stop and be still. Be still and know that He is God. And then, I want you to make the choice to refuse to let this one day define who you are and what you have or highlight who you aren’t and what you don’t have.

Instead, I want you to let this day become a day of focusing in on the One who holds the answers. He has the strength to hold you. He has the healing for your broken hearts. He has the hope for your future. He IS the fulfillment of your dreams, hopes, and desires. He is the peace in your disappointment. He made you and gave you your story, and He will use it for good – especially on days like today.

Turn to Him, give Him your pain, and ask Him what He would have you do with it – for your ultimate good and His glory.

We at Shattered Magazine are remembering you today and lifting you, the brokenhearted, up in prayer. We pray that hope, beauty, peace, and God’s glory are revealed to you today, even in your pain.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ~ Romans 15:13