4 Scripture Stories for Mothers

Maternal Scripture Passages

Scripture offers tender images of God caring for us like a loving mother. But we don’t often get the chance to sit with these beautiful passages. Let yourself pray with a new image of God this week.

God as comforting mother

“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)

Jesus as mother hen

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling!” (Matthew 23:37).

God as nursing mother

Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
   or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
   yet I will not forget you. 
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.
(Isaiah 49:15-16)

God as laboring mother

“For a long time I have kept silent, I have said nothing, holding myself back; Now I cry out like a woman in labor, gasping and panting.” (Isaiah 42:14)

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