“Today we celebrate with those who are remembering their mothers with love and gratitude. We give thanks for all the ways that their mothers have cared for and been there for them—and we pray that those mothers be blessed with overflowing joy today and always…

“We pray, too, for those who are grieving the loss of a mother. May they be comforted, may they be blessed with sweet memories from this life, as well as a profound knowing of their beloved mom’s continuing presence in another form…

“We hold healing space for those who are still hurting because they have been wounded by a mother. May deep healing permeate every cell of their being, may they see themselves through the pure loving eyes of the divine Mother. May they know the goodness of their own true Nature…

“We give thanks for those who have poured out their hearts and become mothers to foster children, step-children, adopted children; and for those who provide a safe space for a neglected neighborhood kid to hang out and be a part of the family; for those who live always able to find room for one more. May their loving hearts be blessed with delight and abundance…

“We honor the Holy Mothers of the world: whether they have children or not, the women whose whole lives are about radiating kindness, the profoundly compassionate, nurturing, and wise ones who minister to the needs of the world and offer open arms and an ample lap to anyone who needs it…

“We embrace with understanding and love those who have longed to have children and been unable to. May they find solace, may they find peace, and may they find their way to nurture this deep longing and to bring forth birth in whatever form most serves their highest good…

“We honor and respect those who have chosen not to become mothers in this life—for whatever reason—and we give thanks for the many and diverse ways that they bless all of our lives…

“We surround with strength and hope those who feel worried or afraid because they have a child who is struggling—may they and their children know the profound help and resources that are found through deep connection with Spirit and may they be at peace…

“And today we hold with special care and tenderness those who have lost a child—whatever the age, whatever the circumstances. We surround them this day and every day with gentleness and love. We see their sorrow and we honor it. We feel their heartbreak and we grieve for them. We pray that as their profound loss is held in profound compassion, that their pain—as well as their love—may guide and transform them. May they be healed and may they be instruments of healing for others…

“We give thanks for all people who nurture…

“for the teachers and caregivers and doctors and healers among us,

“for the friends who answer the phone in the middle of the night, who visit us in the hospital and bring us food when we are sick,

“for the people… who hug and hold us when we are sad, who send kind inspiring notes when we are struggling, who laugh and play with us when we are happy, who pray for and with us continually…

—whether it is Mother’s Day or not—

to cultivate mindful,

compassionate,

nurturing

Presence.”

~Peggy Christiansen from UNITYfc.org