Friday, December 14, 2007

Mary: The Sentimental Mother

"But his mother treasured all these things in her heart" (Luke 2:51, NIV).

Without a doubt, Mary was a special young woman. The Scriptures paint a picture of the mother of Jesus Christ as a woman of strong faith, humility, and willingness to serve. When God chose Mary, he honored a young woman who could be trusted with nurturing and guiding the development of the Son of God.

The Bible reveals another interesting aspect of Mary's personality; she was a sentimental mother. She treasured her memories of Jesus' childhood. She remembered the surprises with fondness:

*the angel's appearance
*Joseph's acceptance of her and her Son
*the unusual location of Jesus' birth
*the responses of the shepherds
*the words of Simeon and Anna
*her Son's words and actions as he grew into manhood.

Each memory touched her heart. Her Son had changed her life in profound ways, and she would be forever grateful.

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