We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day in the United States and other countries around the world. Here in the US, we spent over 21 billion dollars for cards and gifts for mom. That’s a lot of monetary love and remembrance! But what about those moms who are alienated from their children? What about those kids who are orphaned or separated from their mothers? My colleague, Val Minard, writing for the May 10, 2017 edition of MyCentralJersey.com, gives us a lovely and comforting view of God as Mother and how that understanding can bless and heal both mothers and children. Here’s Val:
Waking up one morning during a very demanding time in my life, one of my first thoughts was, “I wish I had a mother!” Although I have two children of my own, I yearned for the comfort of a close mother-daughter relationship — with me as the daughter. Not only did I yearn to be comforted, but to have the loving counsel of a wise and supportive parent. Then on the heels of that thought came another: You do have a mother — your Mother-Father God that is always providing good and expressing unconditional love toward you.
That might sound unusual to someone who thinks of God only as Father. Although the Bible talks a lot about God’s Fatherhood, there are several verses that bring out God’s Motherhood, as well. For instance, in Isaiah, it says, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem” ( Isaiah 66:13). And “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). And from Revelation: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4). And indeed Jesus promised another Comforter (John 14:16).
Building on this concept, Christian theologian Mary Baker Eddy writes in her book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” “Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation….”