Elizabeth spoke this blessing over Mary shortly after Mary found out that she was pregnant with the son of God. In observance of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I choose to speak this blessing upon all mothers who may read this blog. Yes, there was a special blessing placed upon Mary because she was chosen by God to be the mother of His son. However, I also want you, as a mom, to realize this blessing is for you because God chose you to be the mother of the children He has given to you.
At the same time, being blessed as a mom does not guarantee that it will be easy. Being a mother is one of the most difficult tasks a woman will ever undertake, yet it is a position for which she is probably least prepared. There is no Mothering for Dummies book available. Neither is there a mom shaped cookie cutter. A mother needs to uniquely love and nurture each of her children according to his or her personality. Having said this, I still see Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a good role model for motherhood today. Mary was blessed and all moms can be blessed while fulfilling their motherhood responsibilities. Let us look at the example Mary sets for moms.
Both Mary and Joseph took their newborn son to the temple to be dedicated as required by the Jewish Law. We, too, should assume the responsibility of dedicating our children to God. For some, this may involve infant baptism while for others it may be a dedication service.
Mary provided opportunities for Jesus to grow educationally, physically, spiritually and socially. Today, we as moms still need to help our children mature in all of these areas.
His mother (Mary) said to the servants,
“Whatever He says to you, do it.”
This verse of scripture is taken from the account of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Mary knew it was time for Jesus to begin His public ministry and she encouraged Him to do so. I believe Mary set an example for us to encourage our children to become the men and women God created them to be. There comes a time for us to “untie the apron strings” and acknowledge our children as responsible adults.
Someone said to Him (Jesus), “Behold, Your mother
and Your brothers are standing outside
seeking to speak to You.”
Although Jesus was a grown man with His own ministry, Mary continued to follow Him and care about Him. Once a mom, always a mom! Our children never outgrow their need for our prayers, love and interest in their lives.
But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother
Probably the most difficult task for Mary as the mother of Jesus was watching Him die. I hope I do not have to full this role as a mother. However, I do not think there is a mother who would not stand by the side of a dying son or daughter.
When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple
whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His
mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He
said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From
that hour the disciple took her into his own household.
While her son was dying on the cross for the sins of the world, I believe Mary was blessed. These words record how Jesus handed over the responsibility of caring for His mother to John. Mary had successfully fulfilled her responsibility as His mother and Jesus wanted her to be cared for the remainder of her life. What a blessing to have so successfully nurtured her son that, even though He was in extreme pain, He remembered her. He loved her!
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
Mothers, your role is not easy but it is fulfilling. Mary received a blessing from her son. May your children bestow upon you the blessing promised in Proverbs 31 this Mother’s Day!