This was presented at our Church this morning. I thought it was so lovely, and worth wider dissemination:
Collect for Mothers’ Day:
On this Mothers’ 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 hopes to have children have 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 for us with our sustenance. We pray this all in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen.
This Mothers’ Day be a part of the celebration as it was originally intended. Become a voice for peace.
It was 1870. Our nation was recovering from a terrible war. Julia Ward Howe, better known as the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” felt the need to speak out to prevent more tragic conflicts.
She organized the first Mothers’ Day for Peace, in 1870, to promote peace and speak out against war. Mothers, she felt, had a special calling and a special concern, to assure that
“Our sons (and daughters) shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy, and patience.”
Today, 139 years later, let us honor the work of mothers to teach, in the words of Julia Ward Howe, by encouraging patience, charity, and mercy.
You are a Mother for Peace, each time you
- Teach your children to share
- Teach your children to take turns
- Teach your children to use words, not fists
- Teach your children to recognize others’ needs
- Teach your children to recognize others’ rights
- Teach your children to negotiate differences
- Teach your children to speak out for justice
- Teach your children to speak out for peace