A Mother’s Day Prayer: For those who find joy in this day and those who find this day painful

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Oh God, our loving and compassionate parent,

we pray today for all who find joy in this Mother’s Day and for all who find this day to be full of pain, grief, and feelings of inadequacy.

This Mother’s Day, we pray:

for the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, foster mothers, and godmothers who have raised and provided love and support for the children in their lives

for the children, youth, and adults who celebrate their mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, and godmothers today

for the children, youth, and adults who have never experienced a loving or caring mother, grandmother, or other mother figure

for the mothers and their sons and daughters who have broken relationships

for the mothers and other mother figures who feel they have failed as a parent or guardian

for the children, youth, and adults who feel they have failed as a son or daughter

for the women who long to be mothers but cannot

for the women who choose not be mothers but feel that their choices in life are devalued, judged, or said to be “less than”

for the mothers, grandmothers, and other mother figures who are able to spend time together on this day

for the mothers, grandmothers, and other mother figures who are unable to be with their children today due to distance or illness

for mothers, grandmothers, and other guardians who have raised their children by themselves

for the children, youth, and adults who grieve the loss of a mother or mother figure

for the mothers, grandmothers, and other mother figures who grieve the loss of a child or grandchild

for the children and mothers, grandmothers, or other mother figures who have been separated

May all be filled with peace, comfort, and hope today through your loving presence.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayers.  

 

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4 responses »

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    • I was in the Spanish speaking worship service at one of my congregations this morning and only led the children’s message. However, I would have led this prayer if I were leading the “prayers of the people.” I think there are many people who are forgotten about on Mother’s Day who need to be remembered and considered. Thanks for the suggestion. I am new to twitter and just figuring out how do add all of these “shares.” Just updated. Thanks!

  2. This is beautiful, Emily. I have a very difficult relationship with my mother. I mainly recall the look of disapproval. My daughter once flew with her daughter and husband to the west coast, rented a car, stayed in a motel, just to see my mother, and my mother scolded her for breast feading in front of her. That was the main exchange in the 2 hour visit. I flew to see her for 2 days last week. I hadn’t seen her in 2 years. She will be 101 in 1 week. I tucked her in whenever she got up, and the last day I told her I loved her. I don’t think she has ever said that to me, and I don’t think I have ever said it to her before. It was just the nature of our relationship. She is a good person, and had a wonderful relationship with my father (who died at 102 last year.) I am very grateful to them for their model of a stress-free mairage. But the relationships with mothers is a very complicated one in both directions. Your prayer recognizes this and is much appreciated. Newell

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