To all the moms…

To all the moms who wanted to be moms
and are moms in their hearts
but to whom no babies have come,
peace, be still.

To all the moms whose babies began
and then slipped away
before they held them warm and wet with sweet-smelling newness,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who birthed their babies
and briefly held them
as they left too soon for heaven,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who lost their children
to war or famine,
violence or illness,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who fostered children
born to other mothers
who were not able to stay mothers,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who were not able to remain moms,
who lost their children
through their own mistakes and sorrows,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who mothered the neighborhood children,
welcomed them into their homes for after-school treats
or sheltered them from storms at home,
peace be still.

To all the moms whose moms are gone,
who yearn to hear once again
that familiar voice of comfort and love,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who screamed or yelled,
wept or raged,
who knew they should do better but could not,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who missed the signs
that their children were struggling
and were lost in their pain,
peace be still.

To all the moms who are mothering alone,
and feeling alone,
and wondering if they will make it one more day alone,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who ache
with grief and self-condemnation,
who don’t want to celebrate Mother’s Day,
peace, be still.

To all the moms who choose to press on,
who bravely walk this day,
with wounds held sacred by the Lord,
peace, be still.

And to the Lord who loved his mom,
knowing the sword would pierce her soul,
knowing she would watch him suffer and die,
knowing our sorrows and being intimately familiar with our ways,
we ask of you, O Lord, grant us your peace.

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