Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands…
For those who cannot celebrate Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day or whatever you want to call it:
- For the abused
- For the neglected
- For the abandoned
- For the unwanted
- For the ‘nuisance’
- For the ‘difficult’ one
- For the ‘why can’t you be more like your sister/brother’ one
- For the ones who can no longer speak to their mothers because the pain is too much and nothing makes the relationship better
- For the ones who don’t want children and are made to feel incomplete, lacking, selfish, not a proper human being
For all of these, because we matter as much as the ones who grieve lost mothers or not being able to have children.
For all of these because we matter as much as the ones who are happy today.
Through Christ’s wounds may we find healing;
through his pain may we find relief;
through his suffering may we find freedom;
through his cross may we find victory.
And may God the Father bless us;
God the Son take care of us;
Holy Spirit enlighten us,
today and all the days of our life.
This is my favourite depiction of the Trinity.
I am drawn to its sense of community and togetherness, and the space left for us to join in the eternal relationship within our God – who is one in in three.
Blessing for Trinity Sunday
In this new season
may we know
the presence of the God
who dwells within our days,
the mystery of the Christ
who drenches us in love,
the blessing of the Spirit
who bears us into life anew.
Today I’ve been struck by a comment on how we relate to God.
The comment was that our relationship with God is a covenant, not a contract, and that the two are different.
A contract involves saying “you do this for me and I’ll do this for you”, while a covenant says “I belong to you and you belong to me”.
If someone fails to live up to their part of a contract it’s considered broken and becomes null and void.
Both sides must stick to the terms for it to work and remain valid.
We can disrupt a covenant by failing to meet expectations but we still basically belong to each other.
Even if one side doesn’t hold up their end of things the covenant remains and the other side still holds on to it.
I’ve always kind of imagined that contract and covenant are just different words for the same thing but hearing covenant explained like this gives me a sense of joy and freedom that a contract can’t provide.
It gives confidence that no matter how many times I stumble and fall God remains committed to our relationship.