A mother’s moving story of love
As I look at the Scriptures, it is amazing to me that Mary was the only human being with Jesus throughout his whole earthly life.
That is, she was the only person to love Jesus before he was born. Mothers are keenly aware of how much you love the child inside of you way before the child is ready to be delivered. Mary loved Jesus at his birth.
Every woman especially, way more than the husband, remembers what it was like when they actually delivered that baby. The mind remembers clearly every detail of a birth experience and so did Mary.
Mary loved him as Jesus grew up as a young child. His childhood was Mary’s focus. Mary loved Jesus in the temple at age twelve when Jesus amazed all of them with his profound wisdom.
Mary pondered all of these things in her heart, wondering what this all meant. Mary loved Jesus when they were together at the wedding in Cana, the site of his first miracle. Mary loved Jesus when he told the crowds that Mary and her other sons weren’t Jesus’true family; those who did the will of God were his true family. Mary understood.
Mary loved Jesus at the foot of the cross, when she had to suffer the unbearable pain of watching her son be executed and she could do nothing about it. And finally, we see Mary in the Book of Acts, where Jesus had been raised from the dead and he now appeared as the Risen Christ.
As I look at the Bible, Mary is the only person who loved Jesus from the beginning to the end.
When Mary finally realised the miracle that God has worked in her, she broke out in song. Her heart could no longer be contained, and so she started singing at the top of her voice,“My soul praises God. For God has remembered what a lowly person I am and he has still chosen me. Praise God.”
Praise God indeed!
Service Christmas Eve - Candle lit watchnight service, 11.30pm