Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Mary, mother of Jesus, give us your heart that we may be able to love Jesus as you love Him, and serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor." —Mother Teresa

Today, in over seventy countries of the world (Tanzania among them), the second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day, a day we honor and remember our mothers.  While it is right and fitting that we honor and remember our own mothers, there is another mother or two who deserve special status.  One such is Mother Teresa who never had any children of her own, yet millions call her mother for she was such to the poor, the diseased, the outcast, and the unloved.  However, for me, as a Christian, there is only one mother who is elevated above all the rest.  One mother who so exemplified all the qualities of motherly love that she can never be equalled or surpassed—Mary, the mother of Christ.  She became a mother at a very early age but it was how she accepted the knowledge that she would be the one that moved me and has become a part of my heart ever since.  As a man, I can never be a mother, but as a servant of God, I can only hope to achieve the fullness of belief, trust, devotion, sacrifice, and commitment that this young girl showed in her first words upon hearing that she was to become the mother of the Son of God.  Luke 1:38 records it so beautifully.  She said,  “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  I could be wrong, as I frequently am, but I fervently believe that at that moment she knew everything that lay ahead.  Even if she didn’t, there are no more poignant words for me in the entire Bible than those she uttered at that moment.  Oh, if we could each say the same what a difference it would make in our lives and in the lives of all we touched.  To give yourself completely, totally, without conditions, to obey the word of God as she vowed to do—what a beautifully different world in which we would live.  Her words that day are the words I try to honor with my life every day.  I fail often, but every morning, I repeat the words that young girl said without hesitation, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  To honor Mary--emulate her vow, and you honor Christ.  There is no greater calling.
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