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Weekly Moravian Message: May 13, 2018

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Circles of Nurture

Mother’s Day is and has been many different things in the lives of families through the years. Our growing awareness of the variety of family dynamics and the many different mothering roles, both within families and beyond them, may be calling us to return to some of the earlier origins of the holiday. Giving birth or even being deeply involved in the care and nurture of children is not a prerequisite for what began as an occasion for women to come together in peace advocacy.

Today’s Gospel, with Jesus praying over his disciples, offers us a glimpse of the community nurture role at the heart of the Mothers’ Peace Day movement of the 1870s. Jesus’ words here, in John 17:9, speak to such nurture: “I’m not praying for the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours.” All of us, all people, have our own circles of nurture. These are people whom we celebrate being able to enfold in our care. They challenge us, frustrate us, and yet still fill us with deep wells of love. These are the people we deeply feel that God has given us, those for whom we desire the best in all things.

Maybe speaking out to, praying for, and working in tangible ways to see those we love and nurture live into a more peace-filled, just, and equitable world sounds like something other than Mother’s Day to you. But consider, just for a moment: isn’t working for safe, healthy, fulfilling lives just what those who have cared deeply for us have wanted to provide? Isn’t that what we wish to provide for those we love?

Christy Clore, transitional pastor

First Presbyterian Church, Reidsville, North Carolina, under call to specialized ministry in the Southern Province, on loan to Salem Presbytery 

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, May 21 — Psalm 68:1–6
Numbers 9:15–10:36; Mark 12:35–44

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker. Proverbs 14:31

Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5

Loving God, you sent your beloved son to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed. Strengthen us to pursue righteousness, justice and peace in gentleness and love, serving you all our days. In the name of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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