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|"Celebrating Connections" - an interactive devotional|
All voices: We thank You protecting God.
Voice 2: Like a mother bear, furious when her cubs are in danger, You bring justice on those who oppress the young.
All voices: We thank You, compassionate God.
Voice 3: Your Spirit comforts us as one whom a mother comforts.
All voices: We thank You, nurturing God.
Voice 4: Holy Spirit, You are everywhere, the Lord and Giver of life. We praise You for the gift of mothers, through whom You give us life.
All voices: We thank You for their willingness to nurture life, for their trust in You to guide them through the labour of childbirth, the uncertainties of youth, the letting go of young adulthood.
Voice 1: We thank You for all those women, who did not give us birth, but through whom You give us abundant life.
All voices: We thank You for school teachers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, pastors, elders, Sunday School teachers, supervisors, and friends who share wisdom.
Voice 2: We ask Your tender mercies on all those whose mothers now sing with the heavenly chorus, for those whose tears are not yet dry.
All voices: Grant them Your peace, which passes understanding.
Voice 3: We ask Your comforting presence on those mothers who have buried sons and daughters.
All voices: Grant them the grace to trust their loved ones to Your never-ending care.
Voice 4: We pray for those who are alienated from their mothers by harsh words, distance, misunderstanding.
All voices: Grant them Your grace to forgive and to love again.
Voice 1: We pray for mothers whose children have met a violent death.
All voices: Deliver them from anguish.
Voice 2: We pray for mothers who work but cannot earn enough to feed, clothe and educate their children.
All voices: Wake us to our responsibility for common welfare.
Voice 3: We pray for mothers who are dying of AIDS and other diseases for which we know no cure.
All voices: Raise up among us caregivers for their children and expand our compassion.
Voice 4: We pray for mothers who are guardians for grandchildren whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for them.
All voices: Grant them courage and strength and patience for the living of each day.
Voice 1: We pray for mothers whose children face limitations of intelligence, emotional, or physical ability.
Voice 2: Deliver them from hovering; grant them wisdom to encourage each child’s full potential with You.
All voices: We thank you, oh God, for those who have committed themselves to us:
Voice 3: for those who have been there in our times of trouble and heartache to encourage and support us,
Voice 4: and in times of joy and celebration to share that joy, and give it even more meaning and worth.
All voices: We thank you, oh God, for all those who have been prepared to grow with us, learning the meaning of commitment and faith as they lived it out each day, so that faith became an exciting shared experience in deepening understanding of the world and of ourselves.
How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
That he should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure.How great the pain of searing loss; the Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory.
Behold the man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulder;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life—I know that it is finished.
I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer,
But this I know with all my heart: His wounds have paid my ransom.
Music and Lyrics by Stuart Townend. Copyright 1995, Kingsway's Thankyou Music (PRS). Admin. EMI Christian Music Publishing. CCLI License #923708