God the Mother

Cliff Williams


You cannot be God

without being mother

to those you have birthed,

whom you have held in your arms

and fed at your breasts.

If you are God,

you listen to the chatter

of your children

even if it is petty

and self-centered.

You pick them up

when they fall,

wipe their noses

when they are sick,

wash their clothes,

give them baths.

So when the next time comes

to recite the Apostle’s Creed,

say,

“I believe in God the mother

who gave birth to the cosmos

and all that is in it,

who nursed it and held it . . .”

It won’t fit the rhythm of

the other Apostle’s Creed,

but that won’t matter.

Say it to the rhythm

of the God who,

by her constant nurturing,

satisfies your cravings for tenderness.


© 2007 by Cliff Williams

Published in Christian Feminism Today, 31 (Fall 2007), p. 3.


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