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we offer Thee praise and benediction
for the sweet ministries of motherhood in human life.
We bless Thee for our own dear mothers
who built up our lives by theirs;
who bore us in travail and loved us the more for the pain we gave;
who nourished us at their breast and hushed us to sleep in the warm security of their arms.
We thank Thee for their tireless love,
for their voiceless prayers,
for the agony with which they followed us through our sins and won us back,
for the divine power of sacrifice and redemption in mother-love.
We pray Thee to forgive us
if in thoughtless selfishness we have taken their love as our due
without giving the tenderness which they craved as their sole reward.
And if the great treasure of a mother’s life is still spared to us,
may we do for her feebleness what she did for ours.
“For the Mothers,” a variation of the prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch, is found adapted (without Christian god-language) by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron in his World War Ⅰ era prayerbook, Side Arms: Readings, Prayers and Meditations for Soldiers and Sailors (1918), on page 26. The original version of the prayer was first published in For God and the People: Prayers of the Social Awakening (Walter Rauschenbusch 1910), pp. 85-86.
“For All Mothers, a prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
תפילה למעמד המשותף | أغنية الحياة والسلام | Prayer of Mothers for Life and Peace, by Sheikha Ibtisam Maḥameed & Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum
Andachtsübung einer Mutter | Devotional exercise of a mother, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)
שֵׁשׁ אִמָּהוֹת | Shesh Imahot (Six Matriarchs) — Sarah, Rivqah, Raḥel, Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah, as found in rabbinic sources