Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Mother Worth Knowing

 Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers and grandmothers out there, especially mine! :)

Derrick's grandma, Derrick's mom, Me, My mom, Derrick's Grandma
*Remembering my grandmas as well :)

While thinking about Mother's Day, I couldn't help but think about one mother in particular, Mary, the mother of Jesus. 

Have you ever wondered why God chose her to be the mother of the Messiah? It's something I had thought about before. How did God choose her and why?

After being told by the angel that she would give birth to the Messiah, this is what Mary prayed:

Luke 1: 46-48 says: 
 “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

This prayer tells us a lot about why God chose her. Mary was very faithful to God and she worshiped Him. It also shows her humbleness. She felt blessed that even though she was a lowly maidservant, God still noticed her and ultimately chose her to be the mother of his Son. Finally, she understands that God has given her a great privilege and she will be called blessed for it. 

John 19:25-27:
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”  Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

Can you imagine standing at the foot of the cross watching your child die not only for everyone else's sins, but for yours too? Mary was not only a faithful woman, but a strong woman. She followed God and offered her child to God. What an amazing mother! 

I hope when I am a mother someday and hope for every mother out there that we can all be like Mary: strong, humble, faithful, followers of God, and most importantly, teach our children to be followers of God too! 

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