Monday, July 15, 2013

Post #5: Final Lament: A Prayer for Motherhood

(This is the last installment in a series on the loss of motherhood based on the Book of Lamentations which I wrote as a final class project at Moody Theological Seminary this past spring. For more information, see previous posts.)

A Prayer for Motherhood

Remember, O LORD, Motherhood.
Silence the dirge; bring her back to life!
Highly ordained and positioned by you,
motherhood is our portion.
May it not be so that we reject her.
May we revere your order and wisdom.
May our hearts be joyous in Motherhood.
Let no thief enter her quarters.
Let no philosophy water her down.
I pray, O LORD, your sanctifying presence.
Guard what enters her door.

Do not let us become orphans.
Let the mothers be mothers!
Those who demean motherhood
are at our heels—
we are weary and find no rest.
Joy threatens to leave us,
or is gone.

Revive us Lord.
Do not let us mourn.
Reign forever over motherhood.
Do not forget your creation,
nor utterly forget her.
Restore her to yourself, O LORD,
that motherhood may return     (Lam 5:21)
and endure from generation 
to generation! (Lam 5:19)
                                                                                                     Barb Harwood

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