• I Know My Mother Lives

    Being now in the third trimester of my 6th pregnancy, I have been focused on birth preparation. One of the ways I am preparing for my birth is creating a sacred, peaceful, healing space within my bedroom. My plan, for this time, is to give birth at home, so it has been possible to prepare that space far in advance. For this I am grateful.

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    Next to the place where I intend to set up a birth pool for labor is an old antique steamer trunk I purchased second-hand several years ago. Ever since we moved into this house last summer, one of my favorite pictures of Jesus Christ as well as a photo of my grandmother have been sitting on this trunk in my bedroom. Slowly I have begun adding other items to the trunk surface that I would like to have within my view as I labor to give my baby life. My first addition was some potted plants… because plants make me happy.

    Birthspace2

    In addition to plants, I would also like to have some visual reminders of my Divine Mother. One of the unique aspects of Mormon Christianity is the belief in a Heavenly Mother. For those unfamiliar with this unique aspect of Mormonism, there is a really thorough and well-written research article called “A Mother There”: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven. Today at church we sang “O My Father,” and it filled me with joy to sing the poetic words composed by Eliza R. Snow in the third verse:

    In the heav’ns are parents single?
    No, the thought makes reason stare!
    Truth is reason; truth eternal
    Tells me I’ve a mother there.
    As well as these from the last verse:
    When I leave this frail existence,
    When I lay this mortal by,
    Father, Mother, may I meet you
    In your royal courts on high?
    Then, at length, when I’ve completed
    All you sent me forth to do,
    With your mutual approbation
    Let me come and dwell with you.

    Connecting with my Divine Mother feels really important to me for this birth, but it is difficult to navigate just how to do that. I ordered a copy of Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s book of poetry Mother’s Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother, and I’m looking forward to reading it. I am also planning some art projects inspired by Heavenly Mother. One of the items I have purchased to include in my birth space is a painting by J. Kirk Richards depicting the creation of Adam. Included in that creative act is our Mother in Heaven. The painting is called “Breath of Life.”

    This afternoon as I recalled singing the hymn “O My Father,” the thought occurred to me that it didn’t have to be the only hymn mentioning Her. Singing about our Mother could be a really special way to feel more connected to Her. So I started looking through other hymns and church songs, looking for places where She could be inserted. Below is a collection of those song excerpts with Mother included. Completing this little project was kind of magical and beautiful. I can’t wait to sing praises to Her.

    I Know My Mother Lives

    I know my Mother lives and loves me too.
    The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true,
    And tells me it is true.

    O Thou Kind and Gracious Mother

    O thou kind and gracious Mother,
    Reigning in the heav’ns above,
    Look on us, thy humble children;
    Fill us with thy holy love.
    Fill us with thy holy love.

    I Need My Heavenly Mother

    I need my Heav’nly Mother
    To help me ev’ry day.
    She wants me to be happy
    And choose the righteous way.
    She wants me to be happy
    And choose the righteous way.

    The Dearest Name

    I know a name, a glorious name,
    Dearer than any other.
    Listen, I’ll whisper the name to you:
    It is the name of Mother.
    Mother, so tender and kind and true,
    I love you, I love you.
    Mother, so tender and kind and true,
    I love you.

    Brightly Beams Our Mother’s Mercy

    Brightly beams our Mother’s mercy
    From Her lighthouse evermore,
    But to us She gives the keeping
    Of the lights along the shore.

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    Mother, Cheer Our Souls Tonight

    Mother, cheer our souls tonight;
    Lift our burdens, make them light.
    Let thine all-pervading love
    Shine upon us from above.

    How Dear to Mother

    How dear to Mother are Her children;
    With Her their spirit life began.
    So priceless their security,
    Their innocence and purity;
    They are a part of Her eternal plan.
    To earthly parents She sends children
    To guide and teach, protect and love.
    Oh, let us keep the sacred trust
    That She has placed with each of us
    And help to guide them back to Her above.
    How dear to Mother are Her children.

    Our Mother, by Whose Name

    Our Mother, by whose name all motherhood is known,
    Who dost in love proclaim each family Her own,
    Will bless all parents, guarding well,
    With constant love as sentinel,
    The homes in which Her children dwell.
    As She each child did fill with wisdom, love, and might,
    To know and do good will and brightly shine Her light,
    Her children plead in ev’ry place,
    That they may all behold Her face,
    And, knowing Her, may grow in grace.
    May Her strong Spirit bind our hearts in unity,
    And help us each to find the love from self set free.
    In all our hearts such love increase,
    That ev’ry home, by this release,
    May be the dwelling place of peace.

    Praise Our Mother with Heart and Voice

    Mother, God, eternal Friend,
    Thou art Life; there is no end.
    All creation ev’rywhere
    Lives in thee, for thou art there.
    Mother, God, eternal Friend,
    Thou art Life; there is no end.

    I Often Go Walking

    I often go walking in meadows of clover,
    And I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.
    I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over;
    Dear Mother, all flowers remind me of you.

    O Mother, I give you my love with each flower
    To give forth sweet fragrance a whole lifetime through;
    For if I love blossoms and meadows and walking,
    I learn how to love them, dear Mother, from you.

    For the Beauty of the Earth

    For the beauty of the earth,
    For the beauty of the skies,
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies,
    Mother God, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.

    Home

    Home is where our Mother,
    Who dwells in heav’n above,
    Guides us in the way we live
    And lets us feel Her love.

    Mother, Tell Me the Story

    Mother, tell me the story that I love to hear.
    Tell me of heaven and why I came here.
    Mother, tell how you love me, and gently speak,
    And then I’ll go to sleep.
    Child, I am here.
    Can you feel that heaven is near?
    Sleep, sleep; a lovewatch I’ll keep
    To protect you through the night.

    Come, Ye Children

    Oh, how joyful it will be
    When our Mother we shall see!
    When in splendor She’ll descend,
    Then all wickedness will end.
    Oh, what songs we then will sing
    To our Mother and our Queen!
    Oh, what love will then bear sway
    When our fears shall flee away!

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Kaylee says:

    Love the list! I recently found this one:

    All Creatures of Our God and King[Queen}

    4. Dear Mother Earth, who day by day
    Unfoldest blessings on our way,
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    The flow’rs and fruits that in thee grow,
    Let them his[her] glory also show,
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Alleluia! Oh, praise Him[Her]! Alleluia!

  2. Arianne says:

    Love this post. I pray your birth is peaceful and you feel surrounded by Heavenly Mothers love.

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