A Mother’s Day Prayer

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Deborah Beach Giordano
© May 9, 2010


It’s Mother’s Day again, O Lord ..

Of course it is a day for rejoicing –
for some;
it is a day for celebrating –
for some;
a day for grateful praise –
for some;
for cards and gifts and laughter –
for some;
for hugs and warmth and love –
for some.

But for others this day
brings sadness and sorrow:
as we mourn those moms
no longer with us on this earth,
as we struggle against
those tinges of envy
when others buy frilly cards
and send bouquets of flowers;
for us it is a day of nostalgia:
of an aching sweetness
that is always in our hearts.

For others this day
brings grief and regret;
an insatiable yearning
for those mothers
who never were:
the absent ones
taken up in drugs or madness
or mindless self-absorption:
for some it is a day of grieving:
of an unrequited child’s love
that never leaves their hearts.

Others may say
It’s just another day:
I’ve found a way to carry on,
to forget, to avoid, to ignore
all that went before …
yet their weary eyes
tell a different story.

It is Mother’s Day again, O Lord …

On this day we remember
“what a mom should be”:
an ideal of compassion,
kindness, and understanding;
a woman cut from Your own cloth.

We remember those
who fit that pattern
with beauty and with grace;
and those who fell far short,
we give thanks for those who tried
and forgiveness to those who failed.

On this day we ask
that Your grace will abound:
bless all of us across the earth;
remind us that we
are children of one family,
all “born of a woman.”

Encourage our spirits,
uplift our souls,
and fill us with understanding hearts.

Amen.

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