Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | May 7, 2013

Mother’s Day…

Mother’s day is right around the corner. Bloggers all over the blogging world are going to be sharing pieces about how wonderful their mother or grandmother was and what wonderful role models those women were.

Beth and I would like to take the month of May to do two things.

First, we’d like to highlight one or two women from scripture. Some will be mothers, some will be mothers who had to wait a very long time to hold that new life in their hands, yet others will be business women. We invite you to join us this month as we meet these women and find out how they were able to Walk. Build. and Proclaim.

We would be remiss to not start our look at women in scripture without starting with the most obvious choice, Mary. Mary represents motherhood; for it is an accepted teaching that Mary is the mother of Jesus. We really don’t know that much about Mary via the scriptures. We know she was young, she kept to herself and did what mother’s do for their children, raised him in their faith tradition, celebrated holidays and holy days related to the faith tradition. We can assume that Mary and Joseph kept life as normal as the could possibly keep a young Jesus’ life.

Mary quietly set the stage for Jesus to Walk. Build and Proclaim!

When Jesus was out and about with his disciples, we still don’t learn a lot about Mary, she seems to continue to do what mother’s do, support her son however she could; she also grieved the loss of her son. It is only John’s Gospel that puts Mary at the foot of the cross.

Over time Mary has taken on the persona of being this gentle mother and has taken on the role of being the mother of the church. Songs, poems, books and a lot of artwork have been dedicated to Mary. People flock from all over the world to various shrines and chapels in hopes that Mary will help people, appear to them, cure them or any number of miracles.

As I mentioned a little earlier in this post, Mary was first and foremost a MOTHER. She rocked a crying baby to sleep. She kissed those cuts and scrapes, she consoled her son in the bad days and rejoiced with him on the great days.  She did the best she knew how to do at such a young age, like many of us mothers, she probably grew into her role and confidence as a mother.

One of my favorite songs is Mary Did you Know?  I always think how could she possibly have known? How does any mother know what is in store for her children?  We trust that our children will grow up to be good people and use the gifts and talents to make the world a better place to be. But like Mary, we really don’t know!

To all and any women that have spent any amount of time rocking children to sleep, fixing up cuts and scrapes, refereeing a sibling fight, baking cookies at midnight and spent many sleepless nights worrying about your children: Please keep in mind that like Mary, we are all Walking. Building. and Proclaiming and setting an example for our children.

Beth and I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Join us next week when we journey to Motherhood with Sarah, Hannah & Elizabeth.

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Nick & Grace made me a mom on 8-27-01The boys

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Theology. It's good for you.

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