I believe in the love Mary gave her Son, that caused her to follow him in his ministry and stay by his cross as he died. I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside in a storm. It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the adversity of adulthood. I believe that this love, even at its best, is the shadow of God’s love, or rather a reflection of all that we expect of God in this life and the next. And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets God’s greater love flow through her to her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch and the tears of her joy. We must Thank God for our mothers, and thank our mothers for helping us understand God’s love!
Twice Luke tells us that Mary treasured memories in her heart, 2:19 & 2:51. Those memories were centered on the work of God in Jesus. Firstly bringing him into the world against all odds. At His birth, Mary was shown that she was at the center of God’s plan for saving the world. Secondly, Mary treasured the day she found Jesus astonishing the teachers of the Law of God. That was the day Mary was shown she was not at the center of God’s work to save the world, Jesus was and is to this day. Mary followed Jesus and stayed with him through the cross, resurrection and ascension. Mary never stopped being a mother, she cared for the cause of Christ beyond the birth of the church. The last picture we have of her is praying with His disciples in Jerusalem, Ac.1:14. Prayer is a spiritual experience which Mary herself needs just as much as we do. We, like Mary are to remain devoted to prayer, Colossians 4:2.