Mothers of the Faith

by Beth A Richardson on May 13, 2012 · 3 comments


Sunday, May 13. Mother’s Day. Sixth Sunday of Easter. Remember your mother or mothers of the faith. Consider the women who taught or modeled for you seeking God’s call.

How have strong women influenced your faith?

Words from The Word: Jesus said, “You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last.” -John 15:16, NJB

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray the words of John 15:9-15 with us this week.

Pray for: the people and countries of Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Spiritual Tools: Revisit The Examen as a powerful tool for discerning the call of God in your life.


Gracious Lord, who called your church to witness that you were in Christ reconciling all people to yourself: gather all of your children around your table for the gospel feast and shape me in such a way by your Spirit that your invitation might be extended to all through me. Amen.

-Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From p. 121 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Prayer: Lord God, transform me into the crispest of apples, the juiciest of peaches or the sweetest of berries. Use my fruitiness for you. Amen.

Art Credit: Lyre (Golden Gate Park), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Rev. Louise May 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

My mom was an administrator of a geriatric facility when I was growing up. In l949 there were not as many women in this type of administrative role. She taught me to be a pioneer in many ways. Equally important, she modeled to many women the art of compassion and caring without being submissive. I have been blessed to be able to pass these virtues on to my two adult daughters and they, to their daughters, ages l3 and 21. So, my mom left quite a legacy.
My hope is that this legacy continues on through many more generations.

When I give this more thought, I remember my maternal grandmother modeling these qualities. Since my maternal grandfather died while my grandmother was pregnant for my mom, my grandmother had to go to work full-time getting up early to work in a restaurant and leaving my mom with relatives for the day.
As I grow older I so appreciate the legacy of strong women.

Buzz May 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Cumulatively, the strong women in my life have taught me patience; and, how to love.

Molly May 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Quite a number of women of faith have influenced me since earliest childhood. Sometimes we think ‘strong women’ are a new thing in recent generations, but family stories of pioneering days and the lives of my mother and grandmother and great grandmother reveal women of exceptional courage and perseverance. Some of my Sunday school teachers had experienced very difficult and sad war and missionary situations. I do believe that their love and prayers are still having powerful effect in the following generations. I pray that I won’t let them their example down.

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