Prayers, Ceremonies & BlessingsBook - 2008
Connect with the birth, growth, change, joy, love and inner strength of mothering.
Take a spiritual voyage through blessings, prayers, anecdotes and meditations about the sacred undertaking that is motherhood. These words of hope and healing, pain and promise, are for all mothers--traditional, single, adoptive, foster, step and bereaved--and are drawn from many faith traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Native American.
Special multifaith ceremonies offer ways to honor many aspects of motherhood, such as: becoming a new mother, either through birth or adoption; welcoming children into the larger community; and acknowledging the experience of weaning a child.
Insightful and wise, the expressions in this soulful collection illustrate the paradox of motherhood and will speak to your heart as you see motherhood in a whole new--and holy--way.
Contributions stem from both ancient and contemporary sources, and many contributions were written specifically for this book.
Maya Angelou * Dev Arjan *Isaac Babel * 'Abdu'l-Bahá * Sarah K. Bain * Winona L. Baker * Ellen Bass * Rev. Susie Crawford Beil * Big Thunder * Kathryn Black * Johanna Bodenstab * Emily Brontë * Martin Buber * DeLona Campos-Davis * Jane Welsh Carlyle * Gilbert Keith Chesterton * Rev. Linda Morgan Clark * Fr. Robert DeGrandis * Anita Diamant * Mary Douthitt *George Eliot * Saint Ephrem * Euripides * Kathleen Finley * Saint Francis of Assisi * Erich Fromm * Robert Frost * Saint Gertrude the Great * Kahlil Gibran * Maria Mazziotti Gillan * Stacey Goldblatt * Grace of Monaco * Hafiz * Leigh Hancock * Hanh, Thich Nhat * Fr. Edward Hays * Margaret Hebblethwaite * Jackie Heil * Sibilla Hershey * Lauri Hewitt * Rev. Gina Hilton-VanOsdall * Alicia Hokanson * Gerard Manley Hopkins * Jill E.Hopkins * Margaret Anne Huffman * Linda Lawrence Hunt * Crystal Hurdle * Jane Richardson Jensen * Saint John of the Cross * Julian of Norwich * Kabir * Hazrat Inayat Khan * Charles Kingsley * Laurie Klein * Jacqueline Kramer * Jean Baptiste Lacordaire * Fiona Tinwei Lam * Anne Lamott * Lao-Tzu * D. H. Lawrence * Dr. Donald Liebert * Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters * Rev. Dr. Henry McKeating * Lauren McLaughlin * Rosemary Bray McNatt * Maude Meehan * Amy Klauke Minato *Mirabai *Gabriela Mistral (pseudonym for Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga) * Janet Morley * Claire Rudolf Murphy * Sarah Napthali * Sister Nivedita (Margaret E. Noble) * Gunilla Norris * Theodore Parker * Christine Ryan Paulus * Margaret G. Payne * William Penn * Petronius * Po Chü-i * Jan Reynolds * Rivage (pseudonym for Mary Newman) * William H. Robinson * Christina Rossetti * George William Russell * Sappho * Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso * Meghan Nuttall Sayres * Edythe Haendel Schwartz * Ramprasad Sen * William Shakespeare * Trish Shields * Masaoka Shiki * Sadhu Sundar Singh * Mirabai Starr * Janeen Steer * Jonathan Swift * Rabindranath Tagore * Henry David Thoreau * Tukaram * Mark Twain * Miguel de Unamuno * Swami Vivekananda * Gloria Waggoner * Sophia Waldenberg * Jeanne Murray Walker * Robert E.Webber * John Woodroffe * Virginia Woolf