Lord,

It is a wonderful day to give thanks for mothers and the love, faithfulness and care they offer us. We are grateful for great sacrifices they make, often while struggling with things about which we know little. We are thankful for the ways they mold and shape us in exactly the ways we need. But most of all, we are in awe of the unconditional love with which they always shower us.

It’s also a painful day for too many. Too many mothers have been hurt by their children – and too many children have hurt their mothers. Too many mothers grieve the loss of their children – and too many children grieve the loss of their mothers. Too many mothers live with suffocating guilt – and too many children live with guilt as well.

So, Lord, bless every mother everywhere. Help them experience how much You love them, and how You offer healing, wholeness and help. Enable them to hear the holy calling You have placed on their lives. Empower them to share Your love with their children. Do this in their best and worst moments. In their joy and sorrow. In their youth and old age. For, indeed, they are Your special gift to the world.

We pray this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.