Lord, help me not confuse a woman’s womb with her soul.
With her who has given birth I rejoice.
With her who never experiences childbirth I celebrate her struggle
to find a different path for herself.
As for my sister who had no choice, I stand in solidarity, lending her my shoulder for support.
Show us all the other different ways to create
nurture, and reproduce good in the world,
without having babies.
Show us how to love and raise the babies we already have.
Teach us how to create a world of love and justice for all
where no child is left behind,
and no mother, or mother’s friend, is made ashamed because of her womb.
Renita J. Weems, Ph.D.