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.