A Prayer for Lonely Mothers
Titus West | May 6, 2022

Mother’s Day. A day when mother’s all over America are celebrated by their children and spouses. Today, I’d like to concentrate on a sub-group of mothers that have neither spouses nor children, the lonely mothers. The mothers that have outlived their family or been abandoned by them. Mothers who have lost children before they had a chance to live their lives. I’d argue that these mothers are the strongest of all having to navigate this ever-changing world without the young minds of their child to help them along or the strength of their husband to get them through.

These mothers no longer get to feel the embrace that only a child can give or correct a child in the loving way that only a mother can. These mothers don’t get to watch their children graduate or watch them get married and hold their grandchildren. They have no husbands shoulder to cry on for solace of what once was or someone to share the feelings of loss with anymore. These mothers dread this day because it’s a reminder that they are truly alone.

I would like to remind them that though they feel alone on this day, they are not alone. They have God and their Church family, though at this time, it may not seem like enough. I would encourage us to pray for these mothers and I would like to cite some verses from Scripture to remind them that God does love them and is with them always, even during this painful time.

Psalm 34:17-18, “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 147:3-6, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

Romans 8:35-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”