Prayed about a scripture for you and was given a rather unusual one for Mothers' Day, Isaiah 51
1 Listen to me, you who pursue justice,
who seek the LORD;
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
to the pit from which you were quarried;
2 Look to Abraham, your father,
and [i][b]to Sarah, who gave you birth[/b][/i];
When he was but one I called him,
I blessed him and made him many.
3 Yes, the LORD shall comfort Zion
and have pity on all her ruins;
Her deserts he shall make like Eden,
her wasteland like the garden of the LORD;
Joy and gladness shall be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of song.
Sarah made many mistakes but she was a true mother of faith, because in the end, (with many struggles) she believed God, with Abraham, her husband.
She also came from a dysfunctional family; though the problem wasn't an absent father but two mothers in rivalry!
Sarah's story is in Genesis 16 onwards, as you probably know. If the Lord so leads, maybe you could briefly tell Sarah's story and how she became the "mother of faith"?
In the Isaiah passage there's also a word about comfort, blessing and restoration.
Is your friend going to be at the service? Could her mother be persuaded to come? Her mother seems to be seeking fulfillment and love in the wrong places, like the woman at the well (John 4). Let's pray that Jesus will meet her at her "empty well" , and challenge and transform her life with His living water!
Let us know how it goes.
Love in Him