A mother’s heart
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:19 (NIV)
The cries reverberated around the shop – angry, desperate, and uniquely newborn. Rounding the end of the aisle I saw a harried young woman quickly dropping items into her trolley while trying to shush her tiny, red-faced baby squirming in his car seat. My heart went out to her. I know just how she felt, having had that experience on many occasions myself.
When a newborn is hungry nothing can placate them, and they let everyone know just how they feel. Do you abandon your trolley full of food and leave the shop to go and feed them or do you grin and bear it, trying to finish your shop as fast as you can?
There is no doubt that caring for a baby can be stressful but there are the most wonderful, special times as well. It is those precious moments that stay with me and that I think of most of all – gazing at their perfect little faces as they snuggle in your arms; the joy and delight when they say their first recognisable words or take their first wobbly steps.
As you journey through life with your children, there are so many cherished moments. You can’t help but marvel at it all and at God for allowing you to have this experience and be a part of your children’s lives. Your heart swells with the love you feel. It is all too big, too wonderfully ‘God’ to truly comprehend, but you store these memories and feelings in your heart.
As we near Christmas, a time we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I find my thoughts straying towards Mary, his mother, and a particular passage in the bible found in Luke 2: 19: ‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.’
She was part of something greater than she could have imagined. Her son was the great ‘I Am’ and he was going to save all humanity. But for her he was also her child and as a mother she treasured her life experiences with him, in a similar way that all mother’s do, storing them up in her heart.
Our loving, heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of children but especially the gift of your precious Son – the Son whom you love and yet gave for us. You are love and as you live in us, we pray that we are able to return your love and share your love with others, creating memories that we store in our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Study by Jackie Mill
About the writer:
Jackie Mill is a Minister in Grace Communion International and
Regional Co-Pastor for Scotland and Ireland
Gilmerton New Church
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