Mother’s Day Meditation

Meditation by Rev. Diane Rollert, 8 May 2016

Oh Mother of all,
You are an image of beauty: 

The Buddha’s mother giving birth
painlessly holding the branch of a tree.
The Madonna with her child of infinite promise,
She the icon of maternal perfection. 

Yet it never is so simple.
We who are mortal mothers know.

We know how far we fall
from our own expectations of maternal grace. 

So let us give thanks this Mother’s Day,
for mothers who have tried their best,
who have loved,
who have wished to love and be loved,
who have stood by their children those quiet hours
and in those times of pain and transition,
in those times of joy and celebration. 

May we sing a song of love and compassion
for those reaching out to mothers
who can no longer answer
or who never could respond. 

May we sing a song of love and compassion
for mothers who cannot be
with their children on this day.
 
May we sing a song of love and compassion for women
who dream of motherhood that never comes.
May we be mindful that this day
can also bring painful memories of loss and disappointment.

If we have known the blessings of love,
may we pass on what we have been given
Be it small or expansive, 
be it precious or imperfect. 

Oh Eternal Mother,
May your love be wide enough to hold us all.
May you bring us peace.