We hear this each and every time a baby is born, “Congratulations!”.
It’s the go to word for the birth of a child. It’s our wonderful way to let someone know you are happy to hear all is well and safe!
Christmas is the time we remember the birth of Jesus and all that goes with this miracle.
I have always wondered if Mary, mother of Jesus, heard the word “Congratulations” when Christ was born. I know Joseph was there and I am sure he had tears in his eyes and was congratulatory, but it’s not the same as a multitude of friends and family joining in the celebration.
When the shepherds came, I have a feeling they were a welcomed sight, someone to adore her baby as much as she did. Although she seems like the type of women who was content knowing that God was happy with this miracle, words from others mean a lot.
What Mary felt like the night that Christ was born, we can only speculate, but going from what many of us moms have felt, I am sure it was a stream of mixed emotions. Being so young I am sure her emotions were flooded with hormonal swings, uncertainty and pure joy.
The day my first was born, the one person I wanted for a helping hand, other than my husband, was my mom ( and mother-in-law…seriously!) They were the two people I was most comfortable with and trusted 100% with my newest miracle while I rested and recouped from the birth.
The bible doesn’t mention Mary’s mom being there, but I am guessing Mary wished she was. No one can replace your mom during that time. She would be one person you could ask advice from and seek comfort in during uncertainty.
As Jesus grew, we read a few stories of him being cared for and loved by Mary. My favourite scene, describing Mary’s relationship with Jesus, is the scene of the wedding. Jesus’ first miracle:
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Note how Mary speaks to Jesus, seriously, go back and read it again! She was the kind of mom who knew more than she let on! You can just see the eyebrow raised when speaking to the servants. She doesn’t even ask him to make wine, she just mentions that the wine is all gone.
Jesus knew darn well what she was implying and even tries to disregard her request…Mary completely ignores Jesus’ “attitude” toward her mentioning the wine and tells the servants to do whatever he says! I love this women! Her child was the Son of God, but she wasn’t afraid to remind Jesus she knew what was best! You don’t mess with a Jewish mother!
Mary was there to motivate, encourage and even push Jesus to be the man God intended Him to be, just as we are asked to do with our children.( I am not saying this to start a debate about whether Jesus would have done all he did with or without his mother’s push, but to notice that even Mary felt she had a role only she could fill!) I am sure Mary made mistakes, lost her patience with him as a toddler, but she was a person God chose and I will continue to look to her as the role model for being a mom. I figure if God thought highly of her, gave her the wisdom to know when Jesus was ready to preform his first miracle, then I might as well aim to be like her too. I will spend my life shaping and moulding my children and one day push them out of the nest to watch them soar!
Mary got the privilege of seeing the boy she raised preform miracles…I am hoping to see the same in mine.
“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Mary gave Jesus the best she could with what she had…let us know that we are asked to do the same, and that God will do the rest.
Praying Big Things for All the Little Ones,