Mother’s Day Prayer

God, you are the God of all of the moments of our lives—our celebrations and our mournings. Today we come to you with both. We thank you this day for mothers; for the gift of our lives made possible in the fullness of time through their labor, pain, and joy.

For everyone who modeled for us the love of a mother, in strength, compassion, tenderness, fierce love, forgiveness, hospitality, nurture, and courage. May we celebrate love,

Hear our prayers for all those people who feel pain in the celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend.

For those whose mothers have died and for those whose relationships with their mothers is difficult, bring peace.

For those who seek to be mothers, and for those women who do not want to be defined as mothers, bring comfort.

For those mothers who mourn the loss of their children, bring the peace that only you can offer, Lord. Because our words are inadequate in such situations, may they not also be hurtful.

God, we give you thanks for adopting us all, for welcoming us into your family.

We are comforted by the knowledge that you are a birth parent, who relinquished your son, Jesus, into the adopting family of Mary and Joseph.

We are comforted by knowing that you are an adopting parent, and that it is by adoption that we become children of your kingdom, as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Help us to see your face in the face of our brothers and sisters.

Help us to treat each other as family, to extend your love to all of your children.

Hear the words of our hearts, the cries of our souls, and the hope of our faith.

In the name of your son, Jesus the Christ, we pray.

8 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Prayer

  1. Have you seen this? I’ve used it a couple of times during Mother’s Day.

    To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
    To those who have lost a child – we mourn with you
    To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
    To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, abortion, failed adoptions, or running away-we mourn with you.
    To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you.
    Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is
    To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
    To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
    To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
    To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
    To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
    To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
    To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
    To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
    To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be – we grieve with you
    To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
    To those who placed children up for adoption – we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
    And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you This Mother’s Day, we walk with you.
    Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst.
    We remember you.

    By Amy Young (


  2. How beautiful this is. I miss my Mother all the time, and especially on Mother’s Day. Mom passed away in 2005, and this year, 2014 would have been her 100th birthday, on July 6. That will be a tough day for me, and I am glad it falls on a Sunday, for many reasons.

    You always hit the mark, Rev Marci….thank you for this one.


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