Dear Father in Heaven,
Thank you for the women, for the ones who touched my life and left their fingerprints.
For the women who lived before, fighting battles and suffering long that I might live free and equal, and be considered a person and not property.
For the women in Scripture who stood tall and brave in the face of adversity, who spoke prophesies and championed soldiers, who stood between kingly decrees and their children, who faithfully followed in terrifying conditions and spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.
For the women who taught me through word and example, who told Bible stories and expounded the Truth, who lived lives of grace and mercy, who were faithful to their husbands and loved their babies.
For the women who saw my untamed talents and the beginnings of my gifts and nurtured them in me, smiling their encouragement and applauding my progress.
For the women who authored books that made me laugh and made me think, who pricked my heart and seemed to know my story, who did not condemn but showed me how to move toward healing.
For the women who were my grandmothers, leaving their impression on my parents, passing along the inheritance and blessing of their goodness.
For my aunts who loved me and treated me like one of their own.
For cousins who have been like sisters.
For my dear mother, my mother-in-law, my step-mother, each one so different yet profoundly impacting my life.
For my one daughter-in-love who continues to teach me about loving a husband and training her own brood to fly.
For the friends who have become like family and kindred spirits, and for daughters-of-my heart who have their own special place.
For the women, O Lord, who have been your vessels and have poured into my life, who opened their heart and welcomed me into their circle, who have laughed with me and cried with me, who have held my hand and hugged my neck, who have prayed for me and inspired me to take courage.
For these women, daughters of Eve, tough and tender, warriors all, leaving a legacy of love and devotion, being the beautiful crown of creation and housing the light of Jesus. They cause me to give You thanks on this Mother’s Day.
Thy have left their fingerprints on my life.