A Prayer for Mother’s Day

As much as the card aisle and clever commercials want us to believe that Mother’s Day is a warm and fuzzy day of love and gratitude, for many, it is a day to endure and suffer through. Mother’s Day shines the spotlight on painful situations and difficult relations.

May we mindful of the myriad of emotions Mother’s Day stirs up for people we love.

Today we pray for moms.

We pray for the moms who bake cupcakes, wait in car lines, pack lunches, juggle sports schedules and preside over petty playground

We pray for the moms who struggle to feed their children, worry for their safety and hope for a better tomorrow.

We pray for the moms who give up their children and the moms who lovingly make those children their own

We pray for the moms who stay at home and those who also work outside the home. May they all be excellent jugglers with infinite amounts of patience.

We pray for moms who fiercely advocate for children for special needs and those whose helicopter hovering may need grounding.

We pray for moms who wonder what they could have done differently and those who know exactly what they should have done

We pray for the moms who have lost their children and children who have lost their mothers.

We pray for reconciliation for moms who are estranged from their children.

Today, we thank God for moms.

Thank you for moms who hug and encourage and guide us along our way.

Thank you for moms who keep us from doing something stupid or dangerous or insane—even when it makes us angry.

Thank you for moms who have paved the way for future generations of women.

Thank you for moms who have raised men and women who make a difference every day.

Thank you for all women who have acted as a mother to us over the years when we needed them the most.

Thank God for moms. Amen.

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