From Bosco Peters:
Eternal Spirit, Earth-Maker, Pain-Bearer, Life-Giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be.
Mother and Father of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
Night Prayer - NZ Liturgy
Prompted because my daughter asked me yesterday (she's only 4)'Why is God a Father?' and 'Why is he not a mother?' and 'Are Fathers more important than mothers, then?' And 'Who is our mother then and why haven't we got a mother?'.
Wow - deep for only 55 months on this planet.
I told her 'Jesus' mother was Mary and so that's why God is his Father'. And I said 'but our Father-God is like a mother to us too'. And I explained how God made both mothers and fathers equal and blessed in his sight.