Dear Lord, there are so many kinds of mothers
who have blessed us with their love and care:
our own birth-mothers who carried us and labored for us
in so many ways, and no matter how old we may be
will always have a special place in our hearts;
foster-mothers, adoptive mothers, and stepmothers
whose task of picking up the pieces is not easy
and whose successes are the more glorious
for the effort involved;
and all the other strong and holy and loving women
who have taught us and nurtured us,
encouraged us and guided us.
Thank you, Father God, for all the mothering we have received.
Bless all whose lives have blessed ours,
and may we, in our turn,
bless the lives of others, in your name.
Dorothy M. Stewart, American writer and editor
When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved,
he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”
And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.”
And from then on this disciple took her into his home.