A Prayer for Mother's Day

by Christine Sine
Mum and Dad with myself and brothers Nick and Rod

Mum and Dad with myself and brothers Nick and Rod 60 years ago.

Loving and nurturing God, we thank you for mothers.

for all they mean or have meant,

for the love they have shown and the care they have given.

For the many times they held us close.

Loving and nurturing God we thank you for the qualities of mothers.

their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding.

We thank you for the part they play in our lives,

and for this day of saying ‘thank you’

Loving and nurturing God we thank you for the wonder of your mothering.

As a mother protects her children, you watch over us day by day,

your arms constantly encircle and protect us,

your hands shield and deliver us from harm.

Loving God, we pray for those for whom Mother’s day is a time of heartache rather than a celebration.

We pray for those who have never known their mother or whose mothers have died.

We wait with those who long to be mothers but as yet have not had their own children.

We grieve with those who ache because they will never be mothers.

Lord in your mercy, mother them with your love.

We pray for those who struggle with the way their children have chosen to live their lives.

We pray for those who have a difficult relationship with their mother.

We pray for those who are orphaned or abandoned and long for a mother’s love

Lord in your mercy, mother them with your love.

May all of us have the comfort of knowing that your mothering love is constant,

your understanding is perfect,

your compassion is never-ending.

Lord in your mercy mother us all with your love.

Amen

This prayer was inspired by and adapted from these mother’s day prayers.

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