Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother’s Day Prayer—The Wide Spectrum of Mothering

 Adapted by Rev. Jonathan Tompkins from The Wide Spectrum of Mothering by Amy L. Young,

God our ultimate Mother,
We thank you for the wide spectrum of mothering:
We celebrate with those who gave birth this year to their first child
We mourn with those who lost a child this year
We appreciate those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains
We grieve with those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away
We pray for strength for those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
We thank you for those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms
We celebrate those who have warm and close relationships with their children
We sit in prayer with those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with their children
We cry with those who lost their mothers this year
We cry with those who experienced abuse at the hands of their own mother
We pray for those who are single and long to be married and mothering their own children and ask for forgiveness when we are oblivious to their experience
We pray for step-moms and we walk with you on these complex paths
We grieve and rejoice with those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year
We celebrate and offer our care to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising
Loving God, Mother who gives us life and nourishment,
We offer our prayers through Jesus Christ, who cared for his mother from the cross,
and who taught us to pray…