Under the Sweet Stars of Epiphany (6) Expanding Our Vision—God As Mother

Beyond Devotion, by Alexander Tovborg

Can you identify with longing to feel safe? With wanting to be seen, known, and loved with perfect love? With longing to be cared for in the exact ways that you need?

Visualizing and experiencing God as Mother may invite you to tender places inside of yourself that need healing. It can expand, ever wider, your view of God, and help you draw closer to the mystery of who God is. It can be a powerful part of your sacred journey with God.

Take in these images of God from Isaiah 49: 15,16 & 42:14-16. 
Is it possible for a mother to forget her nursing child? I, God, will never forget you. Look here. I have made you a part of Me. I have written you on the palms of my hands.

As a woman fiercely strains to give birth, I will gasp, pant, and cry out. When my power is loosed, I will make level the heights. I will dry up the rivers. I will escort the blind, guide them down paths, smooth their passage and light their way—they are abandoned no more.

Take this in with your mind, and feel this in your body. You are invited to rest in the grace and power and fierce love of God as Mother.

You are not abandoned or forgotten. God, the Eternal One says, I am a mother who carries you in her womb, in her body, and in her heart forever. Look around at the earth, the cycles, the womb, the birth, the co-mingled DNA of mother and child, the nursing, the mothering, and see me. This is how deeply you are in me and I am in you. This is how, in an ever expansive way, you can know me, and draw closer to feel my deep, eternal love.

—Angela Henzes

If you missed it, here’s the meditation from Sunday.

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At Southpoint, it all begins with God’s love. Just as a plant grows, it receives sunshine, so we grow as we receive God’s love. At Southpoint, we are growing in our capacity to love God, ourselves, one another, and creation.

We seek to be a community of grace that is intentional yet organic, spacious yet authentic, grace-filled yet accountable. * We are fully welcoming. *

We encourage relationships rather than run programs, yet we recognize the importance of intentionality and structure as we nurture life together.

As a community, we seek to put our love in action. We value helping out on Sunday mornings, sharing food, and showing up in hard times. We keep our church life simple so folk have time to build relationships with family, friends, and neighbours. We encourage folk to serve in tangible ways within the wider community. We rent space rather than own a building, allowing us to do more with less, supporting missions at home and abroad.

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