The mother-child relationship is often the most tender relationship in the human experience. Whether your connection to your mother is a sweet one or a troubled one, there is a greater sense of motherhood that can heal and bless–it’s our connection to the divine. My colleague, Valerie Minard, writing for the November 21, 2016 edition of Infinity House Magazine, shows us how this divine connection can uplift and harmonize all our human relationships and fill that longing for mothering. Here’s Val:
She never married or had children. But Nancy was as close to a wonderful mother as I could have had. She was my Sunday School teacher for several years. But it wasn’t until my teens that I really got to know her.
At first, we would go out for hot chocolate after church. I would tell her about school and my family troubles since my mom’s divorce and remarriage. Then, as time went on, I would stop by her house for lunch or dinner. Slowly, our relationship grew as we informally “adopted” each other as mother and daughter.
I valued her unconditional love, intelligence, wisdom, unselfishness, courage, and complete reliance on God. Her whole life was devoted to helping others. She saw something in me that I yearned to see in myself, which gave me hope for a good future.
It’s been some time since Nancy passed on, but I still think of her and how privileged I was to have had her in my life. Now, as a mother myself, what I especially value are the qualities she expressed because they gave me a glimpse of the motherhood of God.
The Bible, referring to God, says, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you”. And Christ Jesus taught about a loving, forgiving God, who would never leave us comfortless.
Health researcher and Christian theologian, Mary Baker Eddy, explained this concept further. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she wrote, “Father-Mother is the name for Deity…”