God as Our Mother

God is our true Mother.
For everyone who misses having a mother
and everyone who never had one,
This is not some feminist propaganda—it’s a fact,
God created women in Her image too.

Photo by Leandro Cesar Santana on Unsplash
Photo by Leandro Cesar Santana on Unsplash

1. Women Were Created in the Image of God
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
-Genesis 1:27

2. The Bible Describes God as a Mother
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.
-Hosea 11:3-4

3. God is Like a Mother Eagle
He was like an eagle building its nest
that flutters over its young.
It spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them on its feathers.
The Lord alone led them,
and there was no foreign god helping him.
-Deuteronomy 32:11-12

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Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

4. God is Described as Giving Birth
They spurned the Rock who had made them,
Forgetting it was God who had given them birth.
-Deuteronomy 32:18

5. God Comforts Like a Mother
I will comfort you there as a little one
is comforted by its mother.
-Isaiah 66:13

6. God is Compared to a Nursing Mother
Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
Never!
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!
-Isaiah 49:15

7. God is Described as a Woman in Labor
He will say, “I have long been silent;
yes, I have restrained myself.
But now, like a woman in labor,
I will cry and groan and pant.
-Isaiah 42:14

8. God as a Weaning Mother
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
-Psalm131:2

9. Jesus Likens Himself to a Mother Hen
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets
and stone those sent to you,
how often I have longed to gather
your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
and you were not willing.
– Matthew 23:37

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Photo by Prince Abid on Unsplash

10. God is Like a Woman Looking for a Coin
Or suppose a woman has
ten silver coins and loses one.
Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house
and search carefully until she finds it?
And when she finds it,
she calls her friends and
neighbors together and says,
‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
In the same way, I tell you,
there is rejoicing in the presence
of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.
-Luke 15:8-10

4 comments

  1. Several months ago I decided this was the year I would use only feminine imagery for God in my private devotions. To my dismay, as soon as I started, I began to feel I was diminishing God! I cried when I realized some part of me still thinks I am less than my brothers. If I had doubted how important this was to me, now I knew! I will be speaking in California this fall at the conference of the Association of Adventist Women, of which I am a member, on the vital importance of feminine language for God especially when working with abused women and girls. Bona Dea bless you!

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  2. Wow, thank God for this post!!!

    I grew up hearing the anti-feminist backlash from the fundamentalists that demanded that we see God as only a male. But lately, as I’ve worked to resolve my emotional wounds from having a narcissistic mother, I’ve been desperate to experience God as my mother. I need his/her nurture. I’ve been told that the Hebrew word for “Holy Spirit” is feminine and I’ve come to believe that she is the mother-heart of God. Still it’s difficult to undo so many decades of systematic, narcissistic and fundamentalist brainwashing, as you probably know. It’s hard to restore my ability to believe in my own perspective. These scriptures you posted brought such deep relief to my heart.

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