The essence of motherhood is found in the heart of God. It is the selfless giving of oneself in order to bring forth, nurture and sustain the life of another. There is an unconditional quality to the love of a true mother. She makes space in her own life to take in another, to love and to teach her child but without domination. She is a harbor of safety and unceasing welcome. Her love continues to surround her adult children but, when the time comes, she sets them free. We see this not only in the human family but throughout nature. It is evident in the delight of a young mother in her first child, in the bird sitting patiently on its eggs, in the mother cat carrying her kittens to safety. They are mothers all and the creative, faithful love of the God who delights in sustaining life is reflected through them.
I thank you, Mother God, for the gift of my mother.
Today let your mother know of your gratitude and love for all she is in your life. If she is no longer alive, reflect on her love and influence in your life and give thanks.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you
Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
Who can find* a woman of worth?
Far beyond jewels is her value.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband, too, praises her:
Many are the women of proven worth,
but you have excelled them all.
This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.
I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
Robert A. Heinlein
When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.