Mother’s Day

May 9th, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day!

I spent a lovely day with my family today. Miss Mouse was so excited to celebrate Mother’s Day that she decided to get up at 5:15am so we could spend more time together. Happily, she atoned for this over-enthusiasm by taking a nice two-hour nap this afternoon, allowing me to do the same! Her other gift was a Milky Way candy bar, presented to me with great solemnity. What can I say? She knows what I like.

My house was adorned with flowers — a beautiful arrangement arrived yesterday from my parents and I awoke from my afternoon snooze to find a bouquet from my husband awaiting me. Yay! My beloved also presented me with my heart’s desire: an IOU for a massage. I love love love getting massages but rarely splurge and treat myself to one. I can’t wait!

At church today, I was the worship leader. One of my tasks as such is to offer an opening prayer. I wanted to do a Mother’s Day prayer, but also wanted it to resonate as widely as possible throughout the congregation. Here’s what I came up with.

A Prayer for Mother’s Day
Gracious and loving God, today we give you thanks for the mothers in our lives. Thank you for sharing your amazing gift of creation with us and allowing your children to experience the joy of bringing about life. Thank you for our mothers and grandmothers and all the women who have been like mothers to us.

We pray for those who are mothers, that today will be a day of special blessing for them.

And we pray for those who wish to be mothers, but find that path blocked. Bless them today and give them perseverance and also peace.
We pray for those who were mothers and for whom this day brings pain – grant them comfort and solace and a shoulder to cry on.

We pray for those to whom motherhood was an unexpected or even unwanted gift and for whom parenting is a struggle. Give them patience and strength and help them to find joy in their journey.

And finally we pray for those without mothers – for the children who are alone and neglected. Help us as a body of believers to reach out to the lonely and the afraid and to be for them the hands of God.

Amen.

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