Scripture for Today: Luke 11:27-28 While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.” But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.”
This is a special Mother’s Day for me as it is the first one without my Mom. I cannot complain as having died at 95 we have had many wonderful years together. Not everyone can say that their relationship with their Mother was or is so positive. There are those who are reminded only of pain each Mother’s Day. I realize that I am so very blessed, which makes her absence that much more bittersweet.
God’s Word exalts and honors motherhood. However, in today’s verse, Jesus calls something even more blessed than being a mother. Someone in the crowd of listeners spoke a blessing on the mother of Jesus. And in doing so, the speaker was also blessing Jesus. But Jesus responded with something that was a bigger blessing that everyone can experience; hearing and obeying God’s Word.
I tend to look at my roles as wife and mother as the most exalted and fulfilling roles I could possibly have on this earth. Certainly, I do not want to take anything away from this. But the relationship I have with the Lord is always the most intimate one possible. My role as a follower of Christ far outweighs my role as anything else. My relationship with Him never disappoints. It is deeper, more faithful and more satisfying than any human relationship. He fills in all the emotional holes in my heart when losing one so dear.
Thank you Lord, for the blessing of knowing You.