A Mother’s Day Prayer
Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones.
We thank you for creating each Mum with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each Mum gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.
We thank you for the gift of time Mums give for their kids, whether it’s stay-at-home Mums, working Mums, and Mums who have some combination of the two.
We thank you for the flexibility of Mums, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.
We pray you give each mum strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.
We especially pray for single Mums, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children.
We also acknowledge the broken relationships, tough memories and pain associated with being a Mum or interacting with our Mum.
We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength.
Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honour mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb. Amen.
Written by Daniel Darling