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Expectant Mother's Day
Sunday, May 12 2013

Luke 1:26-28...

The Gospel of Luke details that Mary was chosen to be Christ's Mother:

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you."  -Luke 1:26-28, NAB

God hand-picked Mary to be the mother of Jesus, and in the same way, He picks a mother for each one of us.  An angel probably never visited our mothers telling them of our coming birth; nonetheless, our birth was still a very special moment in their lives anyway.

From the moment of our conception, our mothers care for us, shelter us, feed us, protect us, and love us with all of their heart.  Their love for us reflects the beautiful, unconditional love of God, which is truly one of life's greatest blessings.

This year, I have the wonderful joy of celebrating Mother's Day with my wife for the very first time.  Our baby is due in September, and I love watching the miracle of life happening before my very eyes.  God chose her to be the mother of our little girl, and I feel blessed to be standing by her side - every step of the way.

Already, my wife has an uncanny connection and love for our daughter.  Our lives together, as always, remain busy, but her focus continues to be on her vocation as a wife and mother first.  Nothing in this world is more important to her than that.

At times, I feel helpless as I watch my wife deal with the "joys" of pregnancy.  As a man, I always want to fix things, but often times, there is little I can offer but love and support.  When it comes time for the delivery, I can do little as my wife bravely faces the pain of childbirth - one of life's greatest examples of a mother's love for her child.

This Mother's Day, let's say a special prayer for all of the expectant mothers in the world.  The world may not recognize it, but they became a mother at the moment of conception - specially chosen to care for that little bundle of joy.  May God bless them and protect them as they prepare to bring new life into this world.


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