Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What mothers treasure in their children

(OK, I was unable to get this done for Mother's Day, but I hope it will still be a blessing to all you mothers out there.)

On two occasions, Mary the mother of Jesus "treasured" things in her heart: The first time was when the shepherds came to visit the newborn Christ (Luke 2:15-19), the second when the boy Jesus left their caravan because "I must be in my Father's house" (Luke 2:43-51).

Being the mother of the world's Savior must have been incredible for a girl widely believed to have been in her teens. Yet even when she asked the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" (Luke 1:34), her questions wasn't filled with the doubt of Zechariah, John the Baptist's father (Luke 1:18-20).

I think Mary had some idea of her Son's awesomeness when she was inspired to recite her Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), but as He grew, and He began to fulfill the many prophesies made about Him, the reality of Him fully reaching His destiny became more real to her.

As God-fearing mothers see their children growing, maybe those moms will hear from God about how special their child will become in a particular way, and witness those certain skills and personality traits gradually come forth--signs of what will be. These mothers should treasure those moments, both of the first signs of the fledgling writer or teacher or chef (or whatever), and of the development and perhaps eventual mastery.

My wife thinks the world of her son (who is now in college for culinary arts). She is a huge fan of his, and believes in great things for him. For many years she has treasured him in her heart for who he is, and for who he can become. I pray the same for all moms. And I pray that if God shows them a future for their children that's amazing, those mom's will have a believing faith similar to Mary--and then watch their children blossom mightily.

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