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A Beautiful Mother

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“Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied)” Proverbs 31:28.

On this Mother’s Day I would like to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. God has elevated her above all other women. The angel Gabriel announced, “Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!”  The life of Mary speaks enormous volumes of wisdom into the hearts of God’s children all over the world.  We can draw from her example of faith, spiritual strength, courage, perseverance, kindness and the power of a mother’s love.

Throughout Mary’s pregnancy, riding on a donkey to Bethlehem, Jesus’ birth in a stable, fleeing to Egypt to escape Herod, baby Jesus’ dedication at the temple, and finally returning to their own town of Nazareth- Mary moved forward full of strength and dignity, as she worked with and for God to be the loving mother of Jesus the Son of Man.

When Jesus was twelve, his family went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast. On returning home, Mary thought Jesus was traveling in their caravan. With the discovery that Jesus was still in Jerusalem, she and Joseph turned around and went back to find him. After three days they found Jesus in the court of the temple with the teachers, and all attending were amazed at the spiritual wisdom this young man possessed. Mary said, “Child, why have You treated us like this? Here your father and I have been anxiously looking for You [distressed and tormented]. She spoke in love and gentleness, but desired to get down to the heart of the matter, as she attempted to understand and listen to her son’s words.

Jesus answered that He was about His Father’s business. But the scripture states, “Mary and Joseph did not comprehend what He was saying to them”. Yet, even when Mary did not have a full revelation or knowledge of what her Son was doing, she chose to listen to Jesus, as she released the distress and torment in her heart to a Higher Power. Mary loved Jesus with a mother’s pure love, and she “opened her mouth in skillful and godly wisdom, and on her tongue was the law of kindness”.

When they returned to Nazareth, Jesus was habitually obedient, and increased in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. God the Father elevated Mary to be the mother of His Son- She did not elevate herself, and this gentleness and humility she carried in her heart made her great! Many times, she pondered in her heart the things spoken to her by the angel Gabriel- she pondered on her Son’s life, words, and the purposes, achievements, and destiny God the Father had planned for Him. The scripture states, “His mother kept and closely and persistently guarded all these things in her heart”.

Later in his ministry, while Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers came and stood outside, asking for him to come out and speak with them. Someone said, “Look your mother and brothers are standing outside, waiting to have a word with you”. But pointing to his disciples, Jesus said, “These are my mother, brother, and sisters”. Meaning when you believe and follow my heavenly Father that makes you part of my true, spiritual family. Upon hearing this, many mothers would have gotten their feelings hurt or gotten mad at this seemingly lack of personal love and attention. But Mary was not selfish, and she was always seeking to understand and walk in humility, spiritual wisdom, love and Truth. Life did not revolve around me, me and me, it revolved around doing God’s will, and bestowing a mother’s love and support on her Son throughout his life on earth. She of all people knew her Son’s heart, and trusted in their healthy, loving, and two way relationship. The love they had for one another was steadfast.

Then finally on a hill called Calvary where her Son Suffered, bled, and died only to rise again in three days for mankind’s redemption- she stood by his side. She was close to Him in person, heart, and spirit. She stood by her Son, and believed through the happy times, hard times, and horrible times. “Blessed is she who believed”. Through grace, believing faith, unselfishness, and powerful love, Mary was free to accomplish her God given destiny to be the blessed mother of Jesus Christ- the Messiah- the Son of the living God.

 

 

 

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