10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,[a]whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
~ Acts 4:10, 12
If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.
~ Robert Brault
When I think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, I do not think of a deity. I can finally see her as human, and the perfect example of a follower of Christ. But I cannot help but feel her pain on just one level as I contemplate this Easter season. How did she watch him, every day, knowing in her heart where he was going? Did she see her role as steward, guarding and preparing a precious gift before he was returned to his father? I wonder.
Those of you who are parents or in a parental capacity in your role as teacher, church leader, staff that works with God’s children…you know the pain of disappointment, discouragement, loss. But you also know joys that only you can treasure; a first word, first step, first step in rehab, first good grade, first friend…you fill in the blanks.
Mary managed to magnify the Lord from beginning to beginning. She kept him safe, only to bear deep sorrow while she watched him leave his human shell. He was healthy in her care, challenging, full of life, full of wisdom. She too followed his word right to the cross, the grave, heaven.
Today, as you pray for those special children in your life, magnify the Lord.
Because of Him,
My soul doth magnify the Lord