By Megan Dennison, TFG Program Administrator
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
– Atticus, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
One of the first things I did after I became a mom was tell my own mom how much I appreciate her. I was suddenly seeing her role in my life from a new perspective – because I was now wearing the ‘motherhood shoes,’ too.
Although I have only walked a short distance in these shoes so far, my appreciation and admiration for my mom, and all moms out there, especially the moms we serve, has grown exponentially.
One thing I have learned in my very short time as a mom so far is that motherhood is hard.
As beautiful and rewarding as it is, motherhood can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times. I have never been more grateful to have people walking alongside me than in this season of my life.
Even with all the resources and relationships I have, there are still days that can be so challenging. Days that push me to my limits. Days that I feel isolated and vulnerable. I love my son so much, but there are still days where I desire a break. When these days come, I am so fortunate to have people I trust in my corner.
I have immense respect for the women we serve at Together for Good. They are brave women.
Brave to be vulnerable enough to call and ask for help when they don’t have emotional or tangible support.
Brave to know they’ve reached their limits and need respite.
Brave to drop off their kids they love more than anything to a host family so that they can recharge to be the best mommas they can be.
Becoming a mom has made me wonder – if I didn’t have the relationships I do in my corner, would I call? Would I be that brave?
I’ve always had a passion for the mission of Together for Good, but the fire inside of me now shines brighter.
I know that I will never fully understand the depths of some of the situations that women in our communities are treading. I may not be able to fully climb into their skin and walk around in it. However, something that I can do is walk alongside them.
We have the opportunity as the body of Christ to walk alongside families in our communities. The opportunity to be the friends that they can trust and call when they need a break to rejuvenate. The community to bring them a meal when they need one. Someone to drop off diapers to bless them. To be a brother or sister in Christ and reach out with a text to check in and see how they are doing.
We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a tangible and authentic way. To bring hope and healing to families in our community in Jesus’s name, and to ensure that no parent walks life’s journey alone, because that was never God’s intent.