Monday, December 24, 2007

A CHRISTMAS VIGIL

From Coleman Moms and Babes


I'm dating this one in the future so the post stays on top until Christmas Eve. I'll be lighting a candle, and I'll light one online too. This is one of my favorite websites:

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Ninth Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

As the world lights candles in preparation to celebrate the birth of a child who changed the course of history on Christmas Eve, New England First Mothers (NEFM), the Canadian Council of Natural Mothers (CCNM) and over 800 members of the Sunflower Birth Mothers (SBM) will celebrate Christmas Eve by lighting a candle in memory of births which changed their own personal histories. This year will mark the 9th Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting for these women.

These three groups are of natural mothers from around the world, who have surrendered or lost a child to adoption and are now linked through cyber space, as well as through personal hardship. These women communicate through e-mail with each other, helping each other with this journey that has no road maps or directions. The Sunflower group is divided into two separate lists; searching and reunited. Their status is determined by the status of their relationship with the child who was placed for adoption. These women offer one another emotional support as they endure the struggles associated with living as a natural mother - the forgotten member of the Adoption Triad.

On Christmas Eve this year, each of these women will light a candle at 6:00 PM and burn it until midnight, thus having candles lit around the world on Christmas Eve Night. The candle will remember the members who are searching for their child and light the way for the possible reunion. For those who are reunited, it will burn to strengthen the tie that was forged between the biological members of the Triad. And, for those who have been rejected by the fruit of their womb, it will offer hope for a change of heart and a better future.

The NEFM, SMB and CCNMs ask that all members of the community remember those who are living a life with a part of them missing and offer a brief prayer for first mothers everywhere who endure the pain of a difficult decision. It is their hope that in this season of goodwill toward all that they may share in the joy of the season. Please join these exceptional women in lighting up the world on Christmas Eve.

2 complaints from ingrates:

Suz December 20, 2007 at 2:30 PM  

thanks for sharing. i lit a candle for M. i also passed it on.

Third Mom December 20, 2007 at 11:49 PM  

This is beautiful, thanks for telling us about this. I just lit two candles for my children's mothers.

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