We do not, I think, borrow our children from God, nor from one another. In my imagination, the call of God on a mother, on Hannah, on Mary, on the rest of us is not to hold our children more lightly—nor more tightly—but to love them more fiercely. I do not understand myself as a deputy to God in mothering to my children but as a stargazer, looking in wonder at the ongoing work of creation standing next to me, awed and frequently perplexed by the heavenly creature that God has sent to live with me.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.
—1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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