“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)

Though we know in our heads that Our loving God has no gender, we virtually always address God in masculine terms – He, His, Father, Lord. We read Genesis 1:27 that God made humankind in the divine image, female and male.  Yet somehow, I automatically think of males being closer to His image. 

This makes it all the more surprising when we discover passages like Hosea 11:3-4, 13:8, Deuteronomy 32:11-12, 32:18, Isaiah 42:14, 49:15, 66:13 referring to God as like a mother. These passages make me stop and wonder. 

A parent’s love for their child, in particular a mother, is so life changing and all encompassing, so deep and so wide. To think of God as a mother, to think of God taking care of me as a mother, takes my breath away.

Hosea 11:3-4 talks of God teaching his children to walk, lifting them like infants to the cheek. What an amazing image. God’s love for us is the love of a caring parent, father, or mother! Even when we are well beyond our youth, our need for love, support, forgiveness, guidance, welcoming arms, is life-long.

To know that God loves us like a mother, whatever our own relationship with our own mums, families, or children, is a beautiful promise. 

The SSCB Baby and Toddler Group is full of mums and grandmothers who love their children. Despite the huge challenges that motherhood brings, their love is written on their faces. What a message of love, of joy, to be able to bring to them – God loves you as you love your own children.

May God bless you and keep you this Mothering Sunday, and every day. 

Prayer

Thank you, God, that you love us more than our own parents, more than we love our own children. It seems hard for us to imagine. Thank you for making us creatures that can love and be loved. 

This Mothering Sunday we pray for those who are missing their mothers. Thank you for blessing them with a relationship in this life, hold them in their grief and sadness.  

We pray for mothers who are struggling and feeling overwhelmed. Grant them the strength, friendship and support they need. 

We pray for those who long to be parents. We bring before you those who are struggling with the death of their unborn children or struggling with fertility treatment. Give them your peace.

Thank you for the amazing women in our lives, who have cared for us and raised us. Amen.

Passages for Further Reflection 

[from Cat R-W]

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