The Unfailing Love of a Mother’s Heart! Who Was The Greatest Mother of All Time?
This question brings a lot of great moms to mind. I think of my wife, Teri, and her continual sacrificial care for all of us. I remember my mom and how she would put her kids first in our very large, but very poor, family.
My mind goes to India’s Mother Teresa and her work with the orphans of Calcutta. All of these women were great in their love, but for my answer we have to go back some 2,000 years to find the greatest.
Mary was only a teenager when she was visited by Gabriel, the angel, and was told that she, even as a virgin, was to be the mother of the Savior of the world. From that moment on, Mary loved, nurtured, and followed her son as He followed God’s plan.
Think of all that she felt as her son, Jesus, grew into a man who would raise the dead and heal the sick.
She was there for it all: the great miracles and the heart-crushing devastation of watching her boy crucified. She was there on Resurrection morning and in the Upper Room for the miracle of Pentecost.
How many would have stood with courage, as she did, when the angel told her she would become pregnant as an unmarried woman?
Could we have remained silent and endured the pain of watching our child be unjustly tried, tortured, and slain? Even if she fully understood the necessity of the sacrifice, it was heart-breaking for her to watch as Jesus was mocked, beaten, and hung on the cross.
She was one of the first to get the news that He had risen from the grave. The fact that she was at the Upper Room is evidence that she had not only seen Jesus, but was regularly in the company of those who saw Him after His resurrection.
When the day of Pentecost came, Mary was with the apostles and 120 others, who after being baptized with the Holy Spirit, would carry on Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples of the world.
Mary is what we today would call a “prayer warrior.” She fully understood the power of prayer and followed the voice of God throughout her life. Listed among all the names in Acts 1:14, Mary was there in the Upper Room, praying in unity and faith —and then Jesus’ promise came!
I continue to be blessed by the hearts of so many mothers in the faith: loving and encouraging me to stand strong, sometimes comforting me in those times of discouragement.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Every woman has a mother’s heart—yours is strong in the spirit, even if you are not a mom in the natural.
In closing, the answer to my question is that Mary was the greatest mother of all time. We can learn from her life that to be willing to obey God, in spite of the circumstances, will always be our best path to real life.
May you be renewed in the Holy Spirit as we approach the Feast of Pentecost! Happy Mother’s Day!