Most Women become Mothers by accident, some by choice, a few because of social pressure and some by habit.
This year, many women will become Mothers of disabled children. Did you ever wonder how Mothers of disabled children are chosen?
Somehow I visualise God hovering over us selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his Angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
“Armstrong, Beth – Son; patron saint, Matthew.
Forrest, Majorie – Daughter; patron saint Cecilia
Rudledge Carrie – twins; patron saint … give her Gerald. He’s used to profanity”
Finally, he passes a name to an Angel and smiles: “Give her a child with a disability”
The Angel is curious, “Why this one God? She is so happy.”
“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a child with a disability to a Mother that does not know laughter? That would be cruel”
“But has she patience?” asks the Angel
“I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a Mother. You see, the child I’m going to give her has his own world. She has to make it live in her world and that is not going to be easy.”
“But Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.”
God replies “No matter, I can fix that.”
“If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn’t realise it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never consider a ‘step’ ordinary. When her child says ‘Mummy’ for the first time, she will be present at a miracle and know it!
I will permit her to see clearly the things I see…..ignorance, cruelty, prejudice…and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work.”
“And what about her patron saint? Asks the Angel
God smiles: “A mirror will suffice.”