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A Prayer for Mother’s Day

A Prayer for Mother’s Day

Leader: Let’s pray.

Loving God,
on this day we give thanks for those on our lives who have been like mothers to us.
Some of them are related to us through blood,
some of them have come into our lives through happenstance,
some have been part of our lives for decades,
some are new to us,
but many people have nurtured, taught, comforted, challenged, encouraged us.

Without them we would not be who we are,
and so we give thanks for them and all that we have learned from our interactions with them.

This morning we remember Sarai who was taunted by others in the household because of her inability to have children.

Voice 1: God we pray for those who feel excluded when we emphasize one kind of family as normal.

Leader We remember Esther, who was adopted and raised by her cousin.

Voice 2: God who embraces us all, we pray for those who cannot be raised by their parents, for a short time or permanently.

Leader We remember the mother of Moses, who placed him into a raft on the river.

Voice 1: Saving God, we pray for parents who struggle to raise their children in oppressive and difficult circumstances.

Leader We remember Hannah, who loved her child so much she handed him over to another to raise.

Voice 2: Loving God, we pray for parents who have placed their child in another family.

Leader We remember Naomi, who grieved the death of her sons.

Voice 1: God, who grieves with us, we pray for parents who mourn the death of a child.

Leader:  We remember Ruth, who gave up her family to be family to another.

Voice 2: God of us all, we pray for those who choose to be family to those isolated by culture or language or distance.

Leader:  We remember Elizabeth, who had a child in old age and we remember Mary, who had a child as a teenager.

Voice 1: Ageless God, we pray that as a community we might accept people of varying life stages and responsibilities and relationships. We pray for young parents and grandparents.

Leader We remember Rachel, crying for her children

Voice 2: God of justice and hope, we pray for those whose children are killed, or hurt or used by others and we look to a time when children can live safely in their communities.

Leader: We remember Lois and Eunice, who taught Timothy faith by example.

Voice 1: Faithful God we pray for those who teach us faith by their lives, may we remember that we also teach about you in the way we live.

Leader: We remember other people, not named in the Scriptures, like the mother of the prodigal son.

Voice 2: God, we pray for those who wait for a phone call or a visit, cut off from family and friends by distance and disagreement.

Leader:

God, we give thanks for those
who enrich our lives by their presence,
who teach us about your abundant love,
who encourage us to journey in faith.

On this Mother’s Day as we pause to remember the gifts of mothering.
We remember and give thanks for the ways you are a God mother to us:

for nurturing us, giving us the guidance and the freedom we need to grow in experience and wisdom

(even if we are sometimes headstrong and make unwise choices);

for comforting us when we are wounded in body or spirit, helping us to heal and be stronger for it;

for believing in and challenging us, calling us to be more than we are, encouraging us to live out our potential;

for giving us the swift kick in the backside that we need at times, not letting us coast, reminding us to keep trying and growing;
For all of this, and so much more, we say thank you.

Amen.

(Sources: adapted from Martha Spong & Worship Offerings)