Mothers come in many different forms, and today we celebrate them all!
Mothering God, we draw on the image of you as one who nurtures, who gathers, who protects.
We pray for those women who have nurtured us as mothers and who are no longer with us and whom we miss dearly.
We reflect upon those women who have influenced our own lives in so many ways, and we give thanks.
We pray for the women around the world who are working long days and nights to raise their children right now.
We pray for the mothers around the world.
We pray for mothers who have fled violence and difficult situations, including refugees, and who have been separated from their children, or experienced the tragedy of the death of a child.
We pray for mothers living in uncertainty and facing the unknown.
We pray for all the women who are expecting, but aren’t quite mothers yet!
Thank God for the soon-to-be-mothers.
We pray for families where a mother’s illness has led to an early death.
We pray for those who step in to help with the care and nurture of the children, including extended family, and we especially for children in Africa who take on the role of mother when they themselves are still only children.
We pray for the women who took in others’ children through adoption and foster care.
We give thanks for these mothers with hearts so big.
We pray for those women who have lost a child to death and must carry on.
We pray for strength and courage for the mothers who have faced grief and loss.
We pray for women whose children have grown and whom they now seldom see.
We pray for mothers who are at a distance from their children.
We pray for all the women who have desperately wanted to have children of their own, but chose instead to mother everyone else.
We thank God for the mothers in spirit.
We pray for women leaders in Aboriginal communities who seek to provide a protective environment for children, and whose commitment is to work for a healthy place for children to live and grow.
We pray for those troubled by the prospect of motherhood, perhaps too soon, or too few resources to care for a child.
Mothering God, we offer these prayers to you this day. Hear the prayers of our own hearts.