Clergy View-May 4
When I think of home the first person I think of is Mom. I think of the warm kitchen that we enjoyed so many meals in as a boy growing up. I think of the clean house and clothes that were a part of my growing up years. Home and Mom are synonymous. You may have some of the same memories, or if you now have your own home and your own family you may be caught up in all the busy activities that go with having a family. You may be like my wife Connie and I, in the grandparent stage of life, enjoying watching our children deal with the challenges of raising kids, making a living, balancing schedules, and remembering how we did it just a little while back.
At this time of year when we stop to honor mothers everywhere, I can’t help but think about what many think of as the mother of mothers, Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her story is so incredible; most of us read it in great wonder. Here is a young woman, dedicated to God, desiring to live in such a way as to please him, engaged to a godly young man with the same aspirations. It is a marriage most of us parents would be greatly pleased with and then has a very unusual experience. That may be an understatement, for she is the only person in the history of the world to have this particular experience. Oh, others have had a visit from God — Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many of the prophets of the Old Testament, but none like this. Mary was told that she would become pregnant with a son by a very special way. She had never had a relationship with any man, but she would be with child.
“How could this be?” she asked.
I think any young woman would be asking this same question if she found herself in this state, but facts are facts, and those of us who believe the Bible is a book of facts, accept that God can do anything at anytime. We are told elsewhere that this was the time he set forth for the redemption of mankind, by sending his son as the payment for man’s sin, and thereby offer to mankind a chance to be reconciled with God.
Mary’s fiance, Joseph, doesn’t understand and seeks to break off the engagement, after all he knows he is not the father, but God also speaks to him and assures him Mary has been faithful to him and that what is happening here is of God.
After the baby is born they take him to the Temple for the presentation required of God of all first born sons, and there begins a very amazing story of the most amazing man ever to live. Mary listens and remembers what is said by two people who see the child and recognize his special attributes. Again and again Mary sees the hand of God directing their lives because of this child. About 12 years later we read where Jesus is in the Temple with the Elders of the Faith and they are amazed at his understanding and questions. It says in the Book of Luke chapter 2 starting with verse 48, that his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way, your father and I have been looking for you.” And later in verse 51 that he returned with them, and “His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” I think that statement is a summarization of a mother’s love. She didn’t understand all that was happening, but she treasured it all in her heart. Our mothers are like Mary, they treasure all the things we achieve, work at, try to do, and whether we succeed or not, they treasure them in their hearts.
Moms everywhere, we love you. We are so grateful for all you have given of yourselves for us, and like Mary, the mother of Jesus, you are there with us to the very end, not always understanding, but faithful in your love and belief in us.