If the experiences of the Holy Spirit are grasped as being a ‘rebirth’ or a ‘being born anew’, this suggests an image for the Holy Spirit which was quite familiar in the early years of Christianity, especially in Syria, but got lost in the patriarchal empire of Rome: the image of the mother. If believers are ‘born’ of the Holy Spirit, then we have to think of the Spirit as the ‘mother’ of believers, and in this sense as a feminine Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, as the Gospel of John understands the Paraclete to be, then she comforts ‘as a mother comforts’ (John 14:26 with Isa 66:13). In this case the Spirit is the motherly comforter of her Children. Linguistically this brings out the feminine form of Yahweh’s ruach in Hebrew. Spirit is feminine in Hebrew, neuter in Greek, and masculine in Latin and German,
AS a vivid, pictorial way of explaining the Tri-unity, Zizendorf liked to use the image of the family, ‘since the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in our Father and the Spirit of Jesus Christ is our true Mother, because the Son of the Living God is our true Brother’. The Father must love us and can do no other. The Mother must guide us through the world and can do no other. The Son, our Brother, must love souls as his soul, as the body of his body, because we are the flesh of his flesh and the bone of his bone and he can do no other.
Of course the picture of the family of God Father, God Mother and God Child is no more than an image for the God to whom no image can approximate. But it is much better than the ancient patriarchal picture of God the Father with two hands, the Son and the Spirit. For there God is a solitary, ruling and determining subject, whereas here the Tri-Unity is God is a wonderful community. There the reflection of the triune God is a hierarchical Church. Here the reflection of the triune God is a community of women and men without privileges, a community of free and equal people, sisters and brothers. For the building of this new congregational structure, the motherly ministry of the Spirit, and the Tri-unity as a community, are important.
Jurgen Moltmann, The Source Of Life (35-37)
My hope for all of us reading this is that we can move beyond the power games and move towards equality. Not only between men and women but with all forms of unequal social structures. And, my hope is to bless women and mothers by sharing your unique ability to reveal to men and children everywhere your ability to reflect the image of God and a side of God that has been largely cut out.
Hope everyone has a great day.