This fair, lovely word, Mother, is so sweet and kind in itself that it may not be truly said of any or to any but of and to him who is the true Mother of life and everything. The properties of motherhood are nature, love, wisdom, and knowledge, and it is God. A kind, loving mother who knows the needs of her child protects it most tenderly, according to the nature and condition of motherhood. …
Our Lord does this and all that is fair and good in those by whom it is done. So he is our Mother in nature through the working of grace.
—Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Julian of Norwich, Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
—Psalm 131:2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, our Maker, Lover, and Keeper,
Thank you for the everlasting love you have for all you have made.
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