Heavenly Father,

Our Father with the bleeding, loving heart of a mother,

We come to you, first, with thanksgiving. We thank you, Lord, for mothers.

Thank you, Lord, for the living embodiment of sacrifice and unending love that is our mothers. Thank you for these women that instinctively know how to give and give, emptying themselves out for their children, day after day, and night after night. Thank you for these special ladies that have given so much of themselves; some giving up jobs, some giving up advancement, some putting their life and dreams on hold, just to give their kids a chance. Thank you for those women that have given us other things, equally important things, like examples of dedication to a job, a thirst to succeed and achieve, role models of how to live in this world with honour, dignity, and Christlikeness.

Thank you for mothers like this. Those of us that have mothers, had mothers like this, we praise you, God, for this gracious gift.

Lord, for those that don’t know their mothers, for those who may have been abandoned, left alone, or forgotten; we recognize that this day may not be such a thankful and joyful day. With these people in mind, we ask Lord for your motherly embrace. We ask God that you would surround them, like a hen gathering up her chicks. That they would know that you love them, that you have not forgotten them when others have. Lord, you have not taken your eyes off them or tossed them aside; instead, you hold them close to your heart and whisper, I love you.

For those that may be hurting this way, Lord, I ask that you would speak to their hearts, and share that motherly love that they need and deserve.

Today, we think of those mothers, new mothers, women that have been mothers for a while, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and any variation thereof; we thank you for them, and we ask a blessing on them today.

We thank you that these women have suffered much to become mothers. We thank you that they have risked much to bring children into the world. We know that there is much more cost yet to come as children get older, but we thank you, Lord, that you have equipped, and will continue to equip these women to raise up godly men and women.

Bless them with holy strength. Bless them with a steel will, a firmness of conviction that they would stay the path, even when things get tough. Give them reassurance, give them confidence that they are able to be a mother and so much more than that. Remind them that they are more than just baby makers; they are the guardians and protectors, teachers and preachers of children. Help them to honour you as they do this.

Today, we also think of those women that are not mothers, those women that for one reason or another are not moms; we thank you for them, and we ask a blessing on them today as well.

These women are not without value. They may not be mothers, but we still cherish them. We still see them as important in the Kingdom of God. We ask Lord that you would surround them, that you would speak to their hearts. Encourage them, Father, that they would know they are not diminished and less than. That they would know, and that we would continue to show, that they are loved and welcomed here.

May you give them great strength. May you give them great passion and desire to honour you, that though they are childless, they would be spiritual mothers and grandmothers to countless women of God. May you bless them, Lord, that they would be pillars of your church, Father.

God, we ask this day, above all things, that we could continue to know and experience the great depths of your love for us, the unfathomable phantoms of your kindness and grace towards us. Whether we are mothers, or not.

In the precious name of Jesus,

Amen


Photo credit: Madonna praying, Francesco Francia, 1485-1517
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