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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
TITLE: Mary's Motherhood Ponderings
By Lynda Lee Schab
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The joy I am feeling right now is indescribable! God has chosen me – ME! – to give birth to His son. Can you imagine? A lowly, virgin girl from Nazareth, Mother to the Savior of the world! It is beyond my comprehension. But I am God’s servant and I trust Him completely. What an honor to be used in this way! I cannot wait to tell Elizabeth!
My belly is becoming more and more swollen. Joseph teases that soon I will need to use the tent for a dress. I love everything about being pregnant, especially feeling the baby kick. Once, I was holding a glass of milk against me and he kicked so hard the liquid spilled over. I suspect it won’t be long before I am holding him in my arms. I cannot wait for that day!
Our beautiful son was born! In an animal stable, of all places. But even there, it was perfect. The pain was great but the result was greater. I am in awe of this tiny being that God says will bring peace and joy and salvation to the world. How he intends to do it, I do not know. In the meantime, I will enjoy the miracle of motherhood. God help me be a good mother to your son.
Jesus is certainly a rambunctious child! He is full of energy and life and I get so much joy simply watching him play. He is a well-behaved child but he still manages to wear me out! Joseph helps me and is such a wonderful father to Jesus. He feels blessed to have been chosen as the man to raise the son of God. I think I am the one who is blessed.
Motherhood brought me great fear and panic last week. When traveling home from the Passover Festival, Jesus secretly stayed behind in Jerusalem. When we realized he was missing, we immediately turned around and went back for him. For three whole days we searched for Jesus. Imagine our surprise to find him speaking with religious leaders in the Temple. The words of wisdom coming out of his mouth amazed us but that did not excuse the fact that he put his father and me through such a frantic ordeal. When I confronted Jesus, he offered no apology. Sometimes I am perplexed by my son’s thoughts and ways. But at least he was safe. That gives me great comfort.
Jesus is growing into such a fine man. I could not ask for a more kind, gentle and respectful son. He has a terrific sense of humor and makes me laugh often. I may be biased, but he is very handsome as well. Unlike other men his age, however, he does not let his good looks go to his head. He is the most humble and gracious man I know. It is obvious he takes after his Father in every way, although I think he does have my nose.
They want to kill my Jesus! My heart is breaking not only because he is my son but because he has done nothing wrong! Their accusations are ridiculous and unfounded. The only thing Jesus is guilty of is of speaking the truth. He brings joy and healing wherever he goes – is that now a crime? I beg God every day to put a stop to this madness. I do not think I can take much more.
The sorrow I am feeling right now is indescribable! My baby was crucified yesterday, nails hammered into His hands and feet. I could not bear to watch, yet could not manage to tear my eyes away from his. I do not understand how God could let this happen to my – to His – son. A mother should not have to watch her child die.
My son is alive! I saw him for myself! The purpose for his death has become crystal clear to me. He died so the world might live! My son paid the price for all of mankind! I am in awe of my God. My God, who placed His seed in my virgin womb. My God, who raised His son from the dead on the third day. I did not understand before, but I understand now. God’s plan of salvation has now been fulfilled. Just as He promised! Praise be to the God most high!
“But Mary quietly pondered these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Luke 2:19
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