I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will feed and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you, and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.
[from Isaiah 66]
We so often speak of the Fatherhood of God - but Scripture has quite a few examples of God being described as a mother. Nurturing, caring, loving...these are all important qualities for us- and we are made in the image of a Great Creator who demonstrates these perfectly. We love, because He first loved us.
It is Mothering Sunday - I miss my Mum so much - it is 25 years since I was able to send her a card. But I am so incredibly proud of my daughter, now a mother herself. Liz has suggested you might like to see these pictures of Rosie. The first taken just an hour after she was born [proud Gran is quite overwhelmed as you can see]
Here is Bob holding Rosie on Tuesday [6 days old] He's good at this Grandad stuff.
And here we are outside her home in London - about to go with Rosie's happy, but tired, parents for a short walk around the block. [Liz knitted the wonderful little hat]
Not everyone finds Mothering Sunday easy - those who have lost mothers or children, and those who have always wanted but never experienced the joy of motherhood. But today I pray that the peace of God's love, and the comfort of being in His family will surround you.