A Litany for Mother’s Day
Written by Rev. Patty Lawrence
We remember Sarai…
who was taunted by others in the household
because of her inability to have children.
we pray for those who feel excluded
when we emphasis one kind of family as normal.
We remember Esther,
who was adopted and raised by her cousin.
God who embraces us all,
we pray for those who cannot be raised by their parents,
for a short time or permanently.
We remember Jochebed, the mother of Moses,
who placed him into a raft on the river.
Saving God, we pray for parents who struggle to raise their children
in difficult circumstances
We remember Hannah,
who loved her child so much she handed him over to another to raise.
Loving God, we pray for parents who have placed their child in another family.
We remember Naomi,
who grieved the death of her sons.
God, who grieves with us,
we pray for parents who mourn the death of a child.
We remember Ruth,
who gave up her family to be family to another.
we pray for those who choose to be family
to those isolated by culture or language or distance.
We remember Elizabeth,
who had a child in old age
and we remember Mary,
who had a child as a teenager.
we pray that as a community we accept people of varying life stages
and responsibilities and relationships.
We remember Rachel,
crying for her children
God of justice and hope,
we pray for those whose children are killed,
and look to a time when children can live safely in their communities.
We remember Lois and Eunice,
who taught Timothy faith by example.
we pray for those who teach us faith by their lives,
may we remember that we also teach about you in the way we live.
We remember other people not named in the Scriptures,
like the mother of the prodigal son.
we pray for those who wait for a phone call or a visit,
cut off from family and friends by distance and disagreement.
Nurturing God, we give thanks for those
who enrich our lives by their presence
who teach us about your abundant love
who encourage us to journey in faith.
Happy Mother’s Day to ALL! THANK YOU for EVERYTHING