Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

I wanted to take a brief moment to come online and express a heartfelt Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

On this day, I often reflect upon my upbringing and what my mom and dad did for all those years. How they sacrificed for my siblings and I. But most importantly, taught us right from wrong, showed us love and affection and shared the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in our household.

This day also brings fond memories of my children, now ages 22 and 19, and the process of helping them grow into responsible and loving adults. I have to confess, if it were not for the Bible, our church and the love we share for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, their lives could have turned out much differently...and not for the better. I am so grateful to God for all that he has provided for our loving family. Everyone has hardships, troubles, spats, problems etc. in their lives. But how many people can truly say that their married life with children has turned out better than they ever dreamed it would? I'm so blessed!!

This day also grieves me, when I think of all of the children that could have been...but weren't because of an evil marketing scheme labeled as "choice." My answer to that? Choose life, your mother did.

Just a few minutes ago, I thought about Mary, the mother of Jesus and how she must have felt about her Son; both at his birth and then, at his death.

The scene in The Passion of the Christ where Mary is watching helplessly, as her Son carries the cross to Calvary is quite powerful. Gibson provided a brief flashback, which showed Jesus as a child running, then falling. His mother runs to rescue him, cuddles him in her arms as any loving mother would do and comforts him through his pain. Back to the scene where Jesus is carrying the cross. Mary struggles through the crowd and attempts to get to her son. She gets just close enough to make eye contact and hear those words of comfort from her beaten, bloody and exhausted Son. As Jesus visibly gains new strength upon seeing his mother; knowing that what he is going to do will save her eternal soul as well as all who confess Him as Lord; he boldly proclaims the purpose of it all and says, "mother, I am making all things new." Such a powerful,moment in that movie!! This time, it was Jesus, though suffering through much pain, also is the calming and comforting influence in his mother's life!! That's what he does for each of us...if we will allow him to be our Helper, Comforter, Lord and Savior.

There is a song called, Mary, Did You Know that reflects upon these thoughts. It is usually sung either at Christmas or Easter, at the church. But I think it could also serve as a blessed reminder of how one special mother's little baby boy changed the world.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child
that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that
your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your
baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have
kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know---

The blind will
see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the
dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb---.

Mary did you know that your
baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would
one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's
perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great--I--- AM---.

YouTube: Mary Did You Know

Here's The Story Behind The Song.

Jesus - His Destiny Was to Change Ours


Doug said...

Happy Mothers Day, Christine!

Sounds like you have a great family, and this is the day to celebrate part of what makes it all possible.

Christinewjc said...

Thanks Doug!

I had a great day, and weekend with my family! We had so many laughs!

Can you believe that I almost felt guilty sitting at the dining room table while the three of them were scurrying around the kitchen getting the meal ready! I just sat there, drinking my wine, getting silly (I'm such lightweight...seriously!)

Since the kids are away all week at school, then busy on the weekends, we rarely have dinner all together, as a family anymore. Two nights in a row this weekend! Woo hoo! I miss those high school years when they were always around...

Hope you enjoyed your weekend with your wife and kids!

Doug said...

Yes, we had a good day and I'm glad you and yours did as well.

I got WAY too much sun playing baseball, but other than that it was a good time.