Words of Wellness

May 09, 2014 | The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner

"A Job Like No Other"

† † †In honor of Mother's Day, this week's column is simply a video to watch and a prayer to share. First is the link to a video, entitled "The World's Toughest Job" that says it all. (Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB3xM93rXbY). The video stands on it's own and needs no further commentary. Enjoy it and please share it with others who appreciate the job and art of motherhood.

† † †Second, I share with you the Mother's Day prayer below. Mother's Day stirs up a wide range of experiences and emotions for all of us. Many people feel great joy and appreciation this day, while others are feeling hurt or loss. I love this particular prayer because it lifts up and honors all of these emotions. I am grateful for the Rev. Debra Bullock, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois for sharing this prayer with me that she found in the book, Women's Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated, eds. Elizabeth Rankin Geitz, Marjorie A. Burke, Ann Smith, (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2000), 364. This prayer is written by The Rev. Leslie Nipps.

† † †"On this Mother's Day, we give thanks to God for the divine gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms. Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers who loved us and for those who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers someday and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have mothered others in any way - those who have been our substitute mothers and we who have done so for those in need; and for the earth that bore us and provides us with our sustenance. We pray this all in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen."

† † †In the midst of all the emotions that we may be feeling this Mother's Day, we at Living Compass give thanks for, and to, all mothers and for all the mothering--whatever its source-- that we have all been blessed to receive in our lives.

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