Chapter 20

Welcome to Week 20 of 2023!

“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13, ESV)

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child, I am content.” – Psalm 131:2 (NIV)

“Mackenzie, I am not who you think I am. I don’t need your judgment or your evaluation. I don’t need you to analyze what I do or why I do it. I am the best way any human can relate to Papa or Sarayu (the Holy Spirit)!” – William P. Young, The Shack

Yesterday, as I was returning home from a fulfilling church meeting on a train journey, a seemingly ordinary encounter turned into a thought-provoking moment. A friendly waitress approached me and assumed I was traveling to visit my mother (needless to say, it was Mother’s Day celebrated here in Switzerland). Perhaps it was the way she asked or the sincerity in her voice, but her question struck a chord within me.

In response, I shared that I had no mother. However, instead of a sympathetic or puzzled expression, she surprised me with an immediate response: “Get yourself another!” It was a truly amusing moment, one that reminded me of the unexpected joy and humor that can be found in our everyday encounters. But beyond the laughter, her words also carried a deeper message—one that resonated with the essence of motherhood and the nurturing qualities we find in those around us.

In the book “The Shack” by William P. Young, there is a beautiful depiction of God assuming the form of a divine mother. The author explores the concept of God’s love and care being comparable to a mother’s nurturing presence. This portrayal exemplifies the boundless compassion, understanding, and unconditional love that we often associate with mothers.

Motherhood transcends biological ties. While our earthly mothers play a vital role in our lives, the divine qualities of motherhood can manifest through various relationships—even divine ones. So, let us not limit the concept of motherhood to biology alone. Instead, let’s open our hearts and recognize the divine presence of maternal love in the world around us. By doing so, we broaden our perspective and create space for the nurturing qualities of God, as a divine mother, to touch our lives in diverse ways.

And, just as the cheerful waitress suggested, let us find opportunities to “get ourselves another” mother, ultimately, understanding God as a mother allows us to experience the depth and breadth of divine love and find comfort and solace in the presence of the divine.

Wishing you a week filled with newfound appreciation for the divine presence of motherhood in all its beautiful forms.


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