Each year, I am confronted with the challenge to find a way to honor Mother’s Day in worship. This year, I am choosing to print the following prayer on cardstock and adhere one crayon to the card. Each worshiper will receive a card. Before we offer this prayer together, I will invite each person to contemplate whether to keep the card for him/herself or to offer the card as a gift to one who has mothered him or her. Feel free to use this if it will help you and your congregation. I do ask that you give the following credit: “Used with permission from the author Amy Persons Parkes © 2015”
your attentive care for us
passes through the prism of this world
revealing the wide spectrum,
the variegated paths,
through which you color your image in us.
On this Mother’s Day,
we praise you for the delicate hues of compassion
cast upon us by nurturing mothers –
mothers who gave birth to us,
mothers who chose us,
women who became mothers we never had,
mothers to whom we gave ourselves as children.
We praise you for the whole vibrant pallet of motherhood which reflects your Light.
We give thanks for the blessed memory of mothers
who once gilded our every days
and whose eternal life in you now tints the heavens.
We pray for peace and forgiveness
to dye the hurtful interactions between mothers and children
rendering something new from an old and worn work.
We seek hope for the mourning mothers,
upon whose canvas the darker tones
of loss and grief have brushed.
With gentle strokes,
paint your comfort.
On this Mother’s Day, Holy Light,
color us all in,
outline and shade,
daub and dab,
until we reflect
a world awash
in your covenant promise.
In and through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Amy Persons Parkes © 2015