"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

An Expectant Mother's Prayer

Seeing as I am going to have a baby sometime within the next week or so (hopefully soon!), I have a deep appreciation these days for written prayers that not only bring comfort to me in their reading, but also help supply me with better words than I could come up with to give utterance to the groanings of my spirit unto God at this time.

Even better than that is the tremendous comfort of knowing that the Spirit intercedes for me with groanings which cannot be uttered.

But since uttering is good too, here's a prayer that's perfect for me right now -

"Oh great God and Father of all who call upon you, magnificent are Your works;
 I glorify Your holy name. You are my helper; complete what you have begun in me, 
and keep this child safe from all harm, and daily bestow on us health and strength. 
Guide me through Your Spirit, and let me be constantly mindful of 
my privilege and my responsibility as a mother. 

At all times let me place my trust in You and Your fatherly care, 
knowing that from generation to generation your mercy is upon those who lean upon you. 
I commit both my child and myself to your mercy and goodness. 
Relying on Jesus, my dear Redeemer, I pray, give me calmness, patience, and quiet happiness, 
and make me, in good time, a joyous mother of a happy child.
 In Jesus name, Amen."

from the Lutheran Book of Prayer

1 comment:

  1. Amen. I am always comforted and encouraged by these prayers. I'm praying for you and your babe, health and peace.