A Mother’s Advice

watertowineA mother’s job is (in part) to raise her children in such a manner that they are a well rounded, productive citizen that is prepared mentally, physically and emotionally to take on/deal with our world. Of course in the manner in which God has designed the family structure, the mother has help. The father is there to provide for her and assist as best he can in raising the child. Certainly there are responsibilities that  a father will be best at assisting with such as learning a trade skill, and ‘man things’ such as a proper hand shake, personal hygiene etc., but let’s face it; the mother is a great influence on the child in every aspect if their lives. In short, a mother’s influence is indispensable in so many ways. The mother of Jesus is no different.

Mary has become an important part of Christianity. Not only did she play a rather important role in the narrative, but she plays an excellent role model for others to follow, mothers and wives especially, but for all Christian believers in general. She was dedicated to both her son, and to her faith. A faith that was tested, pulled, stretched and molded as she grew in it and for it. All qualities we’d be wise to imitate.

Mary should be admired and to some degree exulted among women. Luke tells us that she is “highly favored”, and “blessed among women”. While I’ll grant you that some religious denominations give Mary far too much admiration. Aside from the veneration of Mary as a co-redemptrix (has the same power as Christ to offer redemption to the sinner), the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on Mariology goes far beyond the pale of orthodoxy and into heresy.

That said, as I was reading in the book of John the other day, and this verse struck me: John 2:5watertowinde2

“Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Have any more true, honest, hopeful, helpful, transforming and complete words ever been spoken? I think not.

Volumes upon volumes of words have been written to Christian believers and non-believers alike, giving us prose, advise, theological content, and general commentary on what has been given to us in scripture. As John told us at the very end of his gospel (John 21:25), “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” And yet, the greatness of Christ, and full instruction on how to live for Him can be summed up in this one sentence – the best advice a mother could give. Ever. 

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