Encouragement to see motherhood from a spiritual perspective

I love the way my daughter invites me

into the Kingdom of God here,

while I’m still on earth.

When she focuses all the sweetness of her presence

on the tiniest detail of life …

I would have missed

the most important part.

I’m pretty sure her joy

is His,

utterly contagious …

When she inhales a gulp of pine tree bliss,

I can breathe


a little more deeply too …

that fresh air,

awe and wonder,

that glorious spirit of childhood …

I almost forgot

the proximity of grace

one step beyond

my physical senses …

When her lips curl into a crooked half smile

and her eyes glimmer like the moon …

When by the grace of pure innocence,

she lures me

into the Divine beauty

of this moment

once and for all,

where angels have been waiting patiently

for me to realize

this beautiful gift of Life,

this thin veil

that is opening right now,

always …

Even when she cries at the worst possible time …

when she leads me through the exhausting maze

of pouring out more love than I have to give,

something deep and still

in my soul 


she’s guiding me

on a sacred, narrow road –

helping me let go of what I don’t need,

teaching me to claim what’s essential …

here and now,

drawing my awareness into the Higher Love

that invites us to live fully


Matthew 19 13-15: “Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.”

What was it about kids that caused Jesus to say “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Was it their innocence? their vulnerability? their capacity for love? their ability to experience joy? Or the simple fact that they are His beloved creations like the rest of us?

With all of our other responsibilities and goals, it is easy to fall into the trap of the disciples, thinking there are more important things to do than bring our children to Christ.

But really, are there? What could be more important than blessing the special children in our lives by keeping them safe, praying for them and showing them love?

How do you think we can we look at the time we spend with our children in a more spiritual way? What gifts from God do our children bring into our lives? In their joy, free spiritedness and even in their needfulness and struggles … how can our kids help us grow closer to Christ? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lord help us to value the children in our lives like You do. Help us to see them through your unconditionally loving eyes. Help us to see the journey of parenthood as being a sacred opportunity for spiritual growth, rather than a burden holding us back from more important things. Bless our children, and help us to be better parents every day. Guide the choices we make on our children’s behalf, and be with them always.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

written by Nicky Gant for http://www.uniteinprayer.org 6/2/2019

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