Welcome Friends and New Subscribers! Today David Telbat has a new Mother’s Day short story, “To Love as a Mother.” UPDATE: Distant Boundary, new Prequel for D.I. Telbat’s new COIL Legacy Series, is now available for FREE! Now, enjoy this story–
To Love as a Mother
by D.I. Telbat
Jan Horton looked up from her open Bible and moved the curtain aside to gaze out the bay window. Tomorrow was Mother’s Day, and though she knew the day was meant to honor mothers like herself, the recognition seemed to add salt to her wounds of having lost her son to the world. Mother’s Day made all the memories return. She didn’t feel worthy to be honored as a mother. Maybe she would stay home from church tomorrow.
She noticed a slender man walking up the middle of the lane. It was early Saturday morning, so there was no traffic. Jan frowned at the man. He wore black clothing, which made her think of Ross, who was now twenty-five. He’d started wearing black clothing as a youth, then had come the worldly music, gloomy friends, and hidden activities. At some point, her sweet child had become a stranger who hated her and talked about “freedom from her oppressive ways.”
Ross had been gone for eight years. Was he alive or dead? Jan closed her eyes, desperate for God’s comfort for the torment of her pain and shame. She felt her Lord’s presence, and He reminded her that she was His daughter, regardless of Ross’s wanderings as her son.
When Jan opened her eyes, she dabbed at tears and suddenly realized the young man on the lane had stopped outside her window beyond her small lawn. She reached for the curtain, then paused. The man in black had greasy hair with a spike that only partially stood upright. Two studs pierced a nostril and connected to his lip by a thin silver chain.
In her yearning heart, Jan wished the young man were Ross. But he was a stranger, slim and weary-looking. His t-shirt was ripped across a pop-rock logo, and one of his shoes was untied. The most haunting part of all, he was looking right at her!
Jan moved from the window and opened the front door, half-expecting him to be gone. Instead, he’d left the street and had stepped onto her narrow lawn. He still stood looking up at her window where she’d been reading her Bible.
“Excuse me,” Jan called from the porch. He turned, his burdened eyes peering up at her. “Were you looking for someone?”
“No, I . . . don’t know. Sorry.” He turned back to the window. “Were you praying there?”
“Yes, I was.” Smiling at God’s nudge on her heart, Jan waved the man closer. It’s what Jesus would do, she knew. “Come on, now. I’ll fix us some breakfast.”
This time, when he looked at her, there were tears in his eyes.
“That’s something my mom would’ve said. She used to pray for me, too. But she’s dead now.”
“Then I don’t think she’d mind if I fed you.”
With his head bowed, the young man climbed the porch stairs and entered the house. Jan took a deep breath, knowing that moment was a gift from God—an opportunity to love as a mother, even if the child before her wasn’t her own.
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