You knit us together in our mother’s womb
and breathe us into being.
Thank you for the gift of life
and for bringing us into this world through our mothers.
We recognize the risk they took
to carry us, nourish us, and protect us within their bodies.
Thank you for the women in our life,
for our mothers and for those who have been like mothers to us.
We are grateful for their tenderness when we were helpless or hurt,
We are grateful for their encouragement and wisdom when we were unsure,
We are grateful for their correction and perseverance so we would stay true,
We are grateful for the way they guided us into Your saving embrace.
Too often we took their love and sacrifice for granted. Forgive us.
Help us to live in such a way
that our words and actions bring honor to them and to You.
Merciful One, gather us all to the safety of your breast.
For many, this day is full of joy and celebration,
but for others, it is an especially painful day.
Pour out your healing, consolation, and peace
on those who are grieving the loss of their mother or the loss of their child,
on families separated by distance or disagreement,
on families plagued by disappointment, abandonment, addiction, or abuse.
Compassionate One, shelter us all beneath Your outstretched arms.
Bring your healing, consolation, and peace
to women whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled,
to mothers and guardians who are exhausted
as they labor to balance work and raising children,
to mothers and guardians who are overwhelmed as they struggle
to bring up children in the midst of poverty, disease, or war.
The need is deep. Come quickly. Our hope is in You.
At this point in the prayer, all the girls and women in the room are invited to stand as they are able. Those who are seated are asked to place a hand of blessing upon those who are standing.
Gracious God, thank You for every woman and girl here today
and for every one we have brought with us in our hearts.
Reveal Your purpose and plan for their life.
Bless them and protect them.
Deepen their love and trust of You.
Strengthen them, empower them, and anoint them with Your Holy Spirit
that their faith, influence, and achievement would bring You honor and glory.
Receive our thanks and praise again for these women and women in the making
for they are precious to us and to You.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
© 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Please leave a comment for information and permission to publish this work in any form.
I am writing to see if I can have permission to read this at our Mother’s Day worship service for 5/9/21. Thank you!
Absolutely. I pray the blessing is a blessing.
Thank you. I will use this as a closing prayer for my sermon.
This is absolutely beautiful. I want to read it in worship on Sunday.
Blessings to you and those you serve.
Thank you Lisa!
Hello. Thank you so much for this beautiful prayer. I would like to use it this Sunday as a celebration prayer during the service. It certainly opens the door to so much more than the typical Mother’s Day flowers!
Wonderful! Thanks for using it.
Thank you for this. I would love to read it in church on Sunday.
You’re very welcome. May grace abound. – Lisa <
Thank you. I would like to use this in worship on 5/9/21. Your sensitivity has sparked my creativity and I will include a blessing for own context within your words if that is ok.
What a wonderful idea! I’d love to see your adaptation.
i would like to use this as congregational prayer in worship 5/9/2021. beautiful poem/prayer.
rev. thomas jolly
Praise the Lord!
I am writing to see if I can have permission to read this at our Mother’s Day worship service for 5/8/22. Thank you!
Absolutely. Blessings to you and your congregation. – Lisa <