We are praying for you if you are like Tamar, struggling with infertility, or a miscarriage or if you are like Rachel, counting the women among your family and friends who year by year and month by month get pregnant, while you wait.
We are praying for you if you are like Naomi, and have known the bitter sting of a child's death, or if you are like Joseph and Benjamin, and your Mom has died.
We are praying for you if your relationship with your Mom was marked by trauma, abuse, or abandonment, or she just couldn't parent you the way you needed.
We are praying for you if you've been like Moses' mother and put a child up for adoption, trusting another family to love your child into adulthood. Or if you've been like Pharaoh's daughter, called to love children who are not yours by birth.
We are praying for you if you are watching, or have watched your mother age, and disappear into the long goodbye of dementia.
We are praying for you if you, like Mary, are pregnant for the very first time and waiting breathlessly for the miracle of your first child.
We are praying for you if your children have turned away from you, painfully closing the door on relationship, leaving you holding your broken heart in your hands.
We are praying for you if motherhood is your greatest joy and toughest struggle all rolled into one.
We are praying for you if you are watching your child battle substance abuse, a public legal situation, mental illness, or another situation which you can merely watch unfold.
We are praying for you if you, like so many women before you, do not wish to be a mother, are not married, or in so many other ways do not fit into societal norms.
We are praying for you if you see yourself reflected in all, or none of these stories.
This mother's day, wherever and whoever you are, we walk with you. You are loved. You are seen. You are worthy. And may you know the deep love without end of our big, wild, beautiful God who is the very best example of a parent that we know. Amen.