Happy Mother’s Day! Marilyn Miller opened our time with a reflection on mothers. Brad Tricola led us in singing about God’s nurturing, comforting, and renewing Love. Jazmin Miller led us in prayer. Matt invited us to consider our experience of God as “Mother” and the ways we’ve experienced a “mothering” kind of love in our life, whether from mothers or “others.” We also reflected on a quote from Alice Walker (text seamlessly included in this video, despite technical difficulties yesterday morning!) and a poem by Alison Woodard. We created space for each other to “feel all the feelings” that come with Mother’s Day for each of us, whether sorrowful or joyful or somewhere in between.
1 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
How is the image of God as “Mother” a source of comfort, clarity, or power for me today?
Whose “mothering love” in my life am I particularly grateful for today? How have I been impacted by such love?