Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan.
Today I pray, “Dear God, Today I honor all of the women who are choosing to care for the new beings coming in. Yes, it is an alternative way to appreciate mothers, yet this is what they are doing. Caring for the new beings coming in. Thank you for these modern shepherds of Yours. Amen.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:
“We have gone on too long blaming or pitying the mothers who devour their children, who sow the seeds of progressive dehumanization, because they have never grown to full humanity themselves. If the mother is at fault, why isn’t it time to break the pattern by urging all these Sleeping Beauties to grow up and live their own lives? There never will be enough Prince Charmings or enough therapists to break that pattern now. It is society’s job, and finally that of each woman alone. For it is not the strength of the mothers that is at fault but their weakness, their passive childlike dependency and immaturity that is mistaken for “femininity.” Our society forces boys, insofar as it can, to grow up, to endure the pains of growth, to educate themselves to work, to move on. Why aren’t girls forced to grow up – to achieve somehow the core of self that will end the unnecessary dilemma, the mistaken choice between femaleness and humanness that is implied in the feminine mystique?”
The last shall be first. And mothers of these amazing children being born are in on the closest connection to The All. The closest connection to Love. Children were most recently in Heaven. And mothers are closest to this Divine. This is an abundance of blessings for women who are mothers. May we, each and every one of us, see the Divine glory, the possibility among mothers. Their strong, faithful, childlike care taking is the self, the feminine, the human that is among the first among us.