other love

A Mother’s Other Love

We live in a funny crazy world at the moment.  A world which tells us to take care of self. That tells us we will all be better if we practice self love.

The offerings for self care are plentiful.  Massages, facials, cold plunges, retail therapy, aromatherapy, dining experiences, resort destinations.  But is it working?  Is it enough?  Are we getting better?

I have been thinking about the things which really make a difference and I keep coming back to the power of a mother’s other love.

Every day mothers do small deeds which don’t feel important.  They don’t feel like they make a difference but in actual fact the deeds not only make their life better but also the lives of others.  Their deeds creating love which creates its own momentum and energy of change.

Mothers love
I sat in a connecting community filled with women from their 20’s through to their 80’s – grandma’s, young mothers.  

They were juggling toddlers, ageing parents,  broken relationships. You could feel the pain, the burdens they were carrying but there was also joy and peace and love.

I watched as one mum shared how she had no money for groceries that week.  She was tired.  Her story was not unfamiliar.  A life weary from trying to rebuilding a life after family violence.

Within minutes mothers had swapped numbers, arranged for play dates with babies, funds were raised, a hand was held, a prayer was made.  

A heart lifted up, a life made stronger.

This wasn’t self love this was other love.  This was revolutionary love.  The power of a mother’s other love.

Other love
It is not a small thing this revolutionary love which cares for other.  

A mother’s other love.  It is powerful, life giving, impacting the very fabric of life.

I watched as an older woman entered the space.  Her heart broken as she had just said goodbye to her child hood sweetheart of 50 plus years.  A heart cocooned gently in love.

A mother’s other love embracing her tender broken heart.

In the process of this other loving every heart was made better, stronger, more vibrant.  Capacity grew, courage grew.   Joy abounded and love exploded.

So this mother’s day when we look around and see a world gone mad can I just say thank you.

Thank you to the biological mothers, the foster mothers, the adoptive mothers, the spiritual mothers.

Thank you for practicing this other care which perhaps is one of the most revolutionary forms of love on the planet.  Don’t underestimate it, don’t devalue it and most of all don’t ever stop practicing this mother’s other love.

Other love

If you would like to connect with other women practicing this revolutionary form of love you are most welcome to join us in these spaces:

Soulkeeping 

Women connecting.

 Thursdays at the Tailrace Centre at 9:30am – 11:30am.  

Children are welcome.  It is always a little busy, a little noisy with little hearts but that is the nature of other love.

Exploring the book:  How to Pray  

Breath Prayer Workshop

  • 22nd June
  • Tailrace Centre – Chapel
  • 11am

Parenting Book Club

  • Friday 14th June
  • Tailrace Centre – Chapel
  • 7pm
  • Pizza, wine 
 

Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense
Classes for babies and toddlers every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Date Nights

Tailrace Centre – Judes Cafe

  • June 21st
  • August 9th
  • September 13th
  • November 1st
  • December 6th

 

 

 Faith Based Community – Tailrace Community Church

  • Sunday at 10am
  • Tailrace Community Church
  • Tailrace Centre
 
Alpha
Is this all there is to life?  
Is there any point to life?
Curious?
Curious about faith?
 
Info night
May 28th at the Tailrace Centre
Chapel at 6pm.
Join a series of group conversations that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in an open, friendly environment. At each Alpha session, you’ll be hosted in a small group and watch an episode on a different question of faith – then you have a chance to share your thoughts and hear what others think. You can say anything you like, or nothing at all. Everyone’s welcome. You’re invited, no matter your background or beliefs. It’s free and there’s no pressure to come back.’