Wednesday, May 04, 2005

More Mother's Day Resources

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThe prayers below and more (you'll need Adobe Reader to see the other prayers) come from the Worship Commission for the Lutheran Church of Australia. The prayers are excellent and their website is even better!

God our Father, we pray:
for new mothers,
coming to terms with both the joys and demands of motherhood;
for pregnant mothers, expectant and wondering, or fearful;
for those mothers who are tired, stressed, ill or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the demands of work and children;
for those who have to struggle with difficult decisions
about whether or not to become a mother or to have another child;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child through death or abortion;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
for those whose children have rejected their love;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

Loving God,
we thank you for adopting us into your family
through the miracle of baptism,
and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other
through Jesus, the only Son of God.
Today, loving Father, we pray for our mothers:

  • who cared for us when we were helpless
  • who comforted us when we were hurt
  • whose love and care we usually took for granted, as we often take your love for granted.
Today we pray for:
  • those who are grieving the loss of their mother, maybe even years after they were separated
  • those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
  • those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother's love
  • the families separated in wars. Lord, give them special blessings.
Keep us united with Christ,
so that we can love in the way he loves us and all people.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Loving Father in heaven,
we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,
whose love is so precious
that it can never be measured in dollars and cents,
whose time does not seem to be measured
in the hours they put in per week,
whose patience seems to have no end
and can even seem to stretch past breaking point.
May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love,
or time, or patience,
and ask you to bless them with your own special love
and the gifts of more time and more patience.
And we pray for children and fathers,
that they may appreciate, love and support their mothers and wives.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord and brother.