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Mother & Child

Mother & Child

When I was a little girl, I mean 5, 6, 7 years old, my mom would look into my eyes and say "It's just me and you, Kathryn. Just me and you." It meant the world to my heart because I had two siblings, and it was rare that I got to spend time alone with my mom. There was nothing like it! She loved on me with all her heart. She let me know that I was precious to her and cherished by her.

I wonder if Jesus as a 5, 6, 7 year old boy treasured time alone with his mother? We know Jesus had many siblings. Being the firstborn, he was privileged to have ample time with her before the other siblings were born, but later as he grew, time alone with his mom was probably scarce. Did she seek him out? I wonder if he pursued time with her?
Now, I only have one daughter, and I treasure my alone time with her. She's still a little baby and I love to play with her and watch her excitement at the smallest things...but I also love to watch her sleep. Ah! The peaceful, still moments! They are priceless. I pause. I take in her delicate features. I think, "how incredible is the gift of this child." I praise God endlessly for the blessing of her little life.
I can't help but wonder what it was like for Mary mothering Jesus as a baby. I can only guess that awe filled her heart as she gazed at her sleeping baby and reflected on the Angel's words to her. He "will be called holy—the Son of God." (Luke 1:35 ESV) Maybe she looked at his lips and wondered what his voice would one day sound like? Or, perhaps when his little hand held tight to her finger, she wondered what his hands would one day accomplish?  
We know from reading the Bible that what Jesus accomplished enables him to cherish alone time with each one of us.  It is the rhythm of his heartbeat. He calls us precious in his sight. He does seek us out. Always. His hands did accomplish what none other could. Now he wants our hearts. He wants our desires.  His voice speaks life to our broken, weary souls. He said, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

I believe Mary knew these words and took them to heart. When Jesus began his ministry here on earth, she had to go through the pain of knowing her son was rejected by many. An outcast. A homeless-wanderer. Yet, she surely heard his words, remembered the Angel's words and could trust that He was fulfilling His calling. She could rest in the Father's provision for her son.
Likewise, we can rest in Jesus today, even when our lives seem all but restful. We can take in peaceful, still moments even here on this side of heaven because of what He accomplished on our behalf. Jesus fulfilled His calling as the "Son of God." He came as a baby, suffered as a Savior, and has given us all we need for life content in His provision. His grace is sufficient for every sin, every hurt, every failure, every desire, every hectic day.
This Christmas season, may we pause -- Pause to take in the gravity of his coming as a babe, the wonder his mother must have felt, and the joy of knowing He fulfilled His calling..."for unto us is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11).
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