God be with the mother.
As she carried her child may she carry her soul.
As her child was born, may she give birth and life and form
to her own, higher truth. As she nourished and protected her child,
may she nourish and protect her inner life and her independence.
For her soul shall be her most painful birth,
her most difficult child and the dearest sister to her other children.
Works by Michael Leunig, used with permission
I heard Michael giving a talk/workshop on spirituality and was surprised by his story, of telling his newspaper editor (where he worked as a political cartoonist) that he wanted to stop doing cartoons for awhile and, instead, write a short daily prayer: unconventional prayers, at that. He pointed out, in his talk, that this was a secular newspaper and the culture was particularly alien to Christian expression. This story impressed me. A few weeks ago, I asked permission to use some of his work. Some is hard-hitting and produced for a different cultural environment but his ‘sideways’ look at life, precisely intended to make people puzzle, stop and think, may well be useful for us, for that same reason.