Thursday, 17 November 2011

Jesus - like a mother

Today I took the funeral of Alan a 77 year old with special needs who for years depended on the care of others but who knew, at the end, that heaven was his home and he couldn't wait to get there. In thinking of something to read at his graveside I found this lovely 'canticle' called: "A Song of St. Anselm". It spoke to me of the tenderness of a mother for her child and this lovely image conjured up by Anselm, of Jesus as 'mother' to us and to people like Alan.

Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you; 
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.
Often you weep over our sins and our pride, 
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds, 
in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.
Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life; 
by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.
Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; 
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
Your warmth gives life to the dead, 
your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us; 
in your love and tenderness remake us.
In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness, 
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

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