I was asked to review the book Heaven in Her Arms by Catherine Hickem. I must say I was inspired by this woman named Mary, mother of Jesus. It was an amazing book that correlated motherhood from back in the day of Jesus to motherhood in our time. As it was a divine appointment for Mary to be chosen to be the mother of Jesus, have you thought that your mother had the same appointment and you being the mother of your children the same?
Have you ever wondered how you’re going to get through such and such or why something was happening? Mary must have plenty of times. I’m sure Mary wondered but she had faith in God. She had enough faith to know that there was a purpose for Jesus.
When at the “famous wedding” when they ran out of wine,Mary knew to go to Jesus to figure it out. She certainly had no idea it was going to be the first miracle but she had known before hand Jesus would know the answer. We are thrilled as mothers when we see our child’s first step, hear their first word, are there when they lose their first tooth. Mary was there for Jesus’s first miracle. When I put that all together I just thought how elated Mary must have been. She must have been so proud and her heart must have been so overwhelmed with emotion. It was her son’s first miracle, what a proud mom moment!
In today’s world we have how many self-help books and resources to “figure” out our kids and how to parent. Yet, Mary relied on her faith in God and I’m sure if she walked into today’s world she wouldn’t have changed anything she did.
Jesus was a reflection of his mother and Mary carried the attitude of praise and faith and showed adoration to her Heavenly Father.
The bond of love and respect was evident of a mother and son. When on the cross Mary was present, can you imagine her heartache? Jesus’s closest friends who had seen more miracles than anyone denied their friendship and scattered, but his mother stayed. In the pain and agony that Jesus had to withstand, while on the cross he called to his dear mother and to John who was with her and told Mary that John would now be her son who would take care of her for the rest of her days. This brings tears to my eyes. Probably her presence and faithfulness was his greatest comfort to Jesus.
Mary is the perfect example of how motherhood invites us to share in the greatest glories and it’s lowest moments. Mary teaches us that regardless of what we will face, we must do it with faith, dependency of God and a commitment to enduring love.
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