Especially for that Mama You Love

This week we especially remember with gratitude our own mothers and we who are mothers and spiritual mothers also thank God for that great privilege and honor. 

Isn’t it wonderful that God often used motherhood as a symbol for Himself in scripture?

God reminded us that He too is compassionate and comforting like a mother:
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you – Isaiah 66:13.

God reminded us that He knows us the same as each mother knows her child and that He, like she, will never forget us…
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15

King David compared his refuge in God’s care as the same feeling of safety and serenity in a mother’s arms:
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalm 131:2

Jesus compared himself to a mother who longed to gather her children:
How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings… Matthew 23:37

Loving Father, we also pray for those for whom Mother’s Day is a time of heartache rather than celebration…

      *We pray for those who have never known their mother or whose mothers have died.
Heavenly Father, bless them with your love
       *We pray for those who long to be mothers but as yet have not had their own children.
Heavenly Father, bless them with your love
       *We pray for those who struggle with the way their children have chosen to live their lives.
Heavenly Father, bless them with your love
        *We pray for those who have a difficult relationship with their mother.
Heavenly Father, bless them with your love    

 May they have the comfort of knowing that your love for them is constant, your understanding is perfect, your compassion is never-ending. Amen

For Mother

Mother, Your voice learning to soothe Your new child Was the first home-sound We heard before we could see.

Your young eyes Gazing on us Was the first mirror Where we glimpsed What to be seen  Could mean.

Mother, Your nearness tilled the air, An umbilical garden for all the seeds Of thought that stirred in our infant hearts. You nurtured and fostered this space To root all our quietly gathering intensity That could grow nowhere else.

Mother, Formed from the depths beneath your heart, You know us from the inside out.  No deeds or seas or others Could ever erase that.

~ John O’Donohue “To Bless the Space Between Us”

Happy 95th Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day to my own Sweet Mama ~ Sarah Hasty Secrest.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Daughters who are Remarkable Mamas ~ Fiona and Maggie

Happy Mothering Day especially to all we who seek to be Spiritual Mamas!

         May the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the friendship of the Holy Spirit  bring you comfort and strength, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

©2022 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words weekly at


  1. Maggie Rowe on May 4, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Cindy, thank you for the wonderful post. I had honestly forgotten that Mother’s Day is coming up as it’s not a holiday/special day here in Norway. There is sadness, and always will be, over the loss of my own mother in 2019 and then MIke’s in 2021.. 2022 is the very first year in which we have no mamas to remember, other than with gratitude. Thank you for including that beautiful. prayer.

  2. Jeanne Zornes on May 5, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for honoring your mama in such a poignant way. My mother would have been 103 this month; she died in 1978 at 59 of cancer. But I’m grateful for the legacy of a woman–oldest of nine, born into immigrant poverty in a log cabin in Eastern Montana– who quietly demonstrated how to “make-do” with minimal income and reach out to those in need. On the “Bible” shelf above my desk, I have her worn and marked-up copy of “The Amplified New Testament.” When I look up something in it and see portions she underlined, I become aware of ways her faith was important to her and passed on to me.

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