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God, the mother

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The LORD says, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.”

- Isaiah 66:13 (NRSV)

“My translation says something different here,” my co-leader said. We were leading a discussion on Psalm 91 and its comparison of God to a fortress that can protect and shield us. But we began by talking about the bird imagery in verse 4. Our German language Bibles had contained very different imagery. One translation, a paraphrase edition, compared God to a mother hen; the other, Luther’s translation, spoke of God as a bird with strong, sheltering wings. My co-leader liked the image of God as an eagle with strong wings to shelter us. I agreed at the time; but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I actually disagreed.

As I get older, I appreciate more and more everything my mother has done for me: the sleep lost; the hours spent doing crafts with me; driving me everywhere and helping me with homework; the laundry washed; the wisdom offered; the prayers prayed. How much she must have given up so that she could always be there for me!

I love the image of God as a mother, there for her children all the time, caring for them and sacrificing for them. God is our protector; but God is also our comforter and sustainer.

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