Time has become a fluid concept as many of us have been at home, sheltering in place, unmoored from our rhythms and routines that normally mark the passage of time. And so somehow, just like that, it’s already May.
May means spring in most places of the country. You know the old adage, “April showers bring May flowers”? This year, one of my neighbors wrote in sidewalk chalk outside, “April distance brings May existence.” So that’s new. We’re usually planning our summer vacations and going to baseball games and looking forward to Memorial Day BBQs, all paused this year.
May also usually means the start of graduation season, although this year’s grads are mourning the loss of so many milestones, including getting to walk the stage in a graduation ceremony in front of a crowd of cheering loved ones.
We also celebrate Mother’s Day in May, and it’s a special one in our family as my sister-in-law is about to have a May baby. And this year, all of us around the country will be telling Mom how much she means to us over Zoom and FaceTime.
A bright spot this May is Angela Braniff’s newly released book, Love Without Borders, going on sale just in time for Mother’s Day. A mom of eight children through various methods of adoption and biological approaches, her story, though not without a fair share of heartache and hardship, is ultimately one of great joy. One Easter Sunday, she asked God to break her heart for what broke his, and when that path led her down the road of caring for children who needed homes and embracing an expanded understanding of the importance of motherhood, she walked down it with bold faith.
I don’t know what path God might be leading you down during these strange and unusual times. For me, an introvert who would prefer never to make a phone call, I am constantly feeling the nudge to make sure I check in or connect with my friends and loved ones. I also have found great joy in (safely, following social distancing protocols) volunteering with our local food bank to make sure our community still has access to food.
Before we know it, it will be June. We can’t see very far down the road right now. There are so many uncertainties, and the world seems to be changing daily. It definitely takes bold faith to live during these times, and Angela’s example is a good one to follow: go where God leads. He is before us, his love knows no bounds, and so shall we love those he has placed in our lives.
– Katy Hamilton