My first Mother’s Day

Dear readers,

Today is Mother’s Day! Wow! I never thought I’d be on the receiving end of well wishes and gifts from loved ones. My husband bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers in honor of this special day.

It still feels so unreal to me. I can’t believe I’m pregnant! I’m almost 19 weeks along and my belly has steadily gotten larger. I love it so much. My husband comments on and kisses my belly daily.

Please keep us in your prayers, that our child will be born healthy and I make good decisions regarding my own health. Pray that whatever obstacles we may face, especially financial ones, that we can overcome them and budget wisely. And especially pray that our little one will live a Christ-centered life, and that we can nurture that properly within them. Thank you.

My next OBGYN appointment is this week. I think that is the day we find out the baby’s sex! I am so excited and hope that’s the case. I’ll post an update once the appointment is over, perhaps my next steps as well. Until then, Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers; you are in my prayers.

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Loving God,

You have loved us with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3)

You have loved us even more as a mother loved her child.

Today, we give you thanks and praise for the gift of mothers.

We pray for the mothers-to-be,

who are just beginning to be the bearers of new life in them,

may they welcome their forthcoming child with loving anticipation and joy.

We pray for the young mothers,

may they cherish their child with tender care and unconditional love.

We pray for the mothers who are separated from their children especially because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and because of war, poverty, conflict, violence and for any other reasons

Comfort them, strengthen their hope, and let them feel your loving embrace that wipes every tear away.

We pray for all Mother-figures,

those who have loved, surrounded and shaped us with motherly care and compassion.

We especially pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us,

Their sacrifices and care gave us a glimpse of the extent of your love for us.

Thank you for them.

Grant health, blessings, and well-being for those our mothers who are still alive.

We also remember those mothers who are no longer with us.

While they live forever in our hearts and memory grant them eternal rest and reward of their labors.

Amen.