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A Mother's Comfort Isaiah 66:13

A Mother's Comfort

Beyond the Lectionary

God's comfort is like that of a good mother.

At a Glance

Maternal metaphors for God are not uncommon in the Bible, and one striking example of this is Isaiah 66:13. "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem." This text, then, is our choice for "Beyond the Lectionary" on Mother's Day.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Real Lord's Prayer," May 15, 1994, at

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