In a world in which most religions begin with God the Father or some sort of male image of the divine, and are founded by male figures such as Moses, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad, do we undervalue Motherhood or the role of women in faith?
There is no doubt that through the years leaders of the church, primarily men, have undervalued the female images for God found in scripture…”like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child;” or God as a midwife who, according to the psalmist “drew me out of the womb and entrusted me to my mother’s breast.” While we need not reject the Fatherhood of God, we would do well to balance that image with the Motherhood of God. Perhaps this would lead to a more just church and a more just world.
We also should not forget the reason Julia Ward Howe organized Mother’s Day. It was not for Hallmark’s sake, but out of grief for the number of sons lost in war. “We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of an other country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs…” Want to support motherhood? Put an end to war.