A prayer for the mother of a white son

God, the loving Mother of all,

Thank you for this little incarnate grace entrusted to my care.

Grant me grace to show my boy deep tenderness, that he might show it to others in turn.

Sustain calmness and radical mindfulness in our home, that he might resist the temptation to prove himself by busyness and accomplishment.

Grant me the discipline and discernment to care for him and grant his desires without catering to his every whim, that he might appropriately deny his more destructive desires of body and power.

Bring clarity in my identity and persistence in my calling, that he would witness and respect the power and personhood of women.

Grant me empathy, that I might remember that he is but one beloved child among millions, all equally precious and deserving, and humility to recognize that even his precarious moments occur in privilege and safety.

Strengthen my resolve and attention in his formation, that we would both grow in the knowledge and practice of justice that takes place in the details.

Remind me that Jesus, your son, a brown skinned refugee child, killed by the state, calls me to divest myself of power and work for change, and raise this white son to do the same.

Amen.

Valor

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2 thoughts on “A prayer for the mother of a white son

  1. Shaquana Gardner says:

    This is PROFOUNDLY and genuinely, one of the MOST beautiful and humbly righteous prayers of sincerity I have EVER read!! Seriously! It made me weep, within and without. BLESS you for sharing it!!! You may NEVER know how much peace this prayer gave my questioning spirit and wearisome body, as the Brown mama of a little Brown girl.

    As ironic as this might be, you’ve blessed us beyond words, my sister in Christ!! May the Lord’s peaceful command, powerful Will and graceful strength/ clarity be upon you and your young King, this Holiday season, coming year and ALL your days to come! Amen! A’se (and so it is).

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    • Claire Brown says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Shaquana. Mothering has become my principle radical practice. May you and your girl have a brave and powerful, safe and loving start to the new year.

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