Eternal God, on this day we lift up all mothers to you. Scripture has prepared us to recognize that by your grace, mothering takes many forms.
We lift up those . . .
… who have experienced joy and fulfillment in mothering
… who have known the pain of a child’s death
… who are facing motherhood again, or for the first time
… for whom childlessness represents a loss
… who have such unbounded love that they mother all God’s children
… who lament their separation from their children for whatever reason
… who mother those of the previous generation who are again childlike
… who are the previous generation loving extended families
Likewise, the experiences of being mothered are many and varied.
We lift up those …
… who have cherished memories of being mothered
… who may have suffered abuse, neglect or emotional harm
… who remember with joy being mothered by a broader community of women
… who have experienced, or are in the midst of, grief for the loss of a mother or mother figure
… who were adopted into the loving arms of a mother
… who may continue to experience estrangement from their mother
… who have been raised by their mother with deep, abiding love and respect for the feminine, including their own
… who in the image of God the Mother find faith and comfort.
God, we also lift up any experiences of motherhood or being mothered that have been left unspoken.