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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Challenges of Raising the Son of God

by Barbara Latta

The most miraculous birth was in Bethlehem.
Stories of mothers are woven throughout the Bible. Divine intervention delivered many babies from previously barren mothers. Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel all had children after all hope had been given up. Hannah prayed for a son and God intervened. Ruth married a man the population said would never want her because she was a foreigner but her son was the great grandfather of King David. But the most miraculous birth of all time took place in Bethlehem because a virgin conceived when the Holy Spirit came upon her and chose her to bear the Son of God.

What a responsibility to be laid upon young shoulders. Can’t you see her having to bite her tongue when neighborhood mothers were bragging on their children and she so desperately wanted to 
say, “Hey, mine is the Messiah?”  And how did the other children of Joseph and Mary react when they heard slurs cast against their parents about the birth of the firstborn?

If Mary had kept a journal, is this what she would write?


In the month of Nissan

Today we lost the Son of God. After Passover, we left Jerusalem with relatives thinking
Jesus had a desire for the scriptures.
Jesus was with some of our group. How could we be so blind and not see His desire for the scriptures and the Temple? How could we choose the Temple as the last place to look for Him? May Yahweh forgive us for our failings.

Yahweh, how can we know what is best for this Son of yours? He teaches us and yet you have given Him to us to teach the ways of your Law. He sits at the feet of those in the temple and they are amazed.

How much longer will I have Him, Lord? I know He is not mine, but yet He is mine. I must give Him to you and yet I want to keep Him.

How do I distinguish between Jesus and the other children without showing favoritism? He never fusses, He doesn’t have to be reminded to help with work, and He is so respectful of Joseph and me. I love our children, but it is so hard to keep the peace when the others show jealousy because the firstborn is so perfect.

Lord God, when Jesus was dedicated at the Temple as a baby the man, Simeon, said a sword would pierce my heart. I feel that sword already because I know the day will come when Jesus will leave us. I don’t know what He will do or where He will go, but I must release Him to you because He is yours already.

You have blessed me beyond my imagination by choosing me to bear your Son. Help me, Almighty One, to be the mother I need to be.
                                                                                    Your servant,
                                                                                    Mary

Happy Mother's Day
The scriptures say Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. As Jesus grew, she must have gathered many questions to keep in her heart and mind. When His ministry started, she was there following and ministering to Him. Most likely it wasn’t until the crucifixion and resurrection that the answers to her questions became clear to her. Despite the sword that pierced her heart, after all was done, she would have had good memories and many blessings to praise God for.

Whenever we face trials in raising our children, we can remember Mary suffered pain in raising hers too. Different, yes, because this Son never did anything wrong, but she had to release Him to God’s will so we all could benefit from the sacrifice.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Feel free to share your thoughts about being a mother.




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