A colleague wrote an excellent article on Mother's Day that reminded me of this prayer from Women's Uncommon Prayers:
"On this Mother’s Day, we give thanks to God for the divine gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms. Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers that loved us and those who feel short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers someday and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have mothered others in any way—those who have been our substitute mothers and we who have done so for those in need; and for the earth that bore us and provides us with our sustenance. We pray this all in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen. (p. 364) ~The Rev. Leslie Nipps
I appreciated this as every year when it comes to Mother's Day and Father's Day there is the tug from culture to acknowledge our parents, yet that is more complicated than many of us realized. There are women and men who have deeply desired or tried to have children and have been unable. There are those who have challenging relationships with their parents. And many of us, for an number of reasons have surrogate men and women who fulfill those roles in a number of ways. The honesty of this prayers speaks deeply to the human experience that hear in pastoral conversations day in and day out.
Wherever you may find yourself this Sunday, we are thankful that you were born and are a part of our community.
Also this Sunday:
Rev. Robin will be giving a presentation on her trip to South Sudan, twice: this Sunday, May 13 at 9 AM in the Guild Room, and again on Sunday, June 10 at 11:30 AM, also in the Guild Room.