Heavenly Father, we rejoice with thanks
for all those who have mothered us in our lives.
In a world that is broken and in need of your motherly love,
please use us to aid others as you do us in providing comfort, nurture, protection and support.
We pray for all who suffer today, in mind, body or spirit. In particular, we pray for those who have lost a motherly presence, and for those who have never known a mother’s love.
May they find consolation in you, the one in whom every family on earth finds its home.
We ask that you grow us as carers to those who need us,
so that we might celebrate your goodness together
even through our own brokenness.
May your love fill our hearts;
May your love fill our homes;
And may the grace of the Holy Spirit,
bind us together in love in our families and communities.