We pray for young mothers
who give life and count toes and tend to every need
May they be blessed with patience and tenderness
to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us;
May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways
We remember mothers who are separated from their children
because of war, poverty, or conflict;
May they feel the loving embrace of our God
who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us
with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers,
and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.