Year C Proper 9: God-mother

Extract from this weeks readings (Isaiah 66:10-14; Track 2):

Thus says the Lord:
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her –
that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious bosom.

For thus says the Lord: …
As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Children of the promise, your God
lifts you up as a nursing mother
comforts her child;
her nipples cracked and bleeding, she
pours out her blood like milk,
washes your face in her tears.

She will not lay you down
until you are satisfied; she
will not give you up until
you are filled
with the goodness she
created for you.

Children of the promise, your God
sings you lullabies of sweet surrender;
binds you with tenderness to her breast.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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