A Labor of Love

Tonight during our advent reading we read about Mary. The reading pointed out that she was really the very first Christian.

Kiss the Son

She was the first one that believed,
the first to call Him Savior,
her savior Jesus, she received,
was Emmanuel inside her.

The Holy Spirit wrought in Mary
salvation’s only hope of life.
She did not seek this life to carry,
only to be Joseph’s wife.

Being blessed with such great favor
she praised her Father up above,
that even when her faith might waver,
she yet might glory in His love.

She discovered that to know Him
she must lay her own life down,
Her first lullaby, a praising hymn,
as she knelt upon the ground.

Trusting God for His salvation,
she felt Him kick inside her womb,
hoping in Israel’s promised son
as she watched her belly bloom.

She felt the kicks of his tiny feet,
beautiful feet on the mountain,
feet that would one day walk the streets
putting His enemies under them.

Caressing his cheek as he soothingly nursed,
to quiet his cries at eight days old,
She kissed the tears of Truth when He felt sin’s curse.
She held to her breast the root of Jesse foretold.

She kissed the tiny toes of God
with which all enemies He’d tread.
She sighed and kissed those baby feet
that would one day crush the serpent’s head.

And some people say “just a mom” as if it were something shameful. I’m thankful that God chose to show us through Mary that mothering is just about the most important job in the world. You never know who you will be mothering. Granted, no one else will mother the Savior of the world. But who will these little ones be and what will they do for the Kingdom? Yes, I’m just a Mom.

Mary’s story is not so terribly unlike the salvation of every believer who discovers that, by God’s grace alone, they have been commandeered for His Holy use, and to be a dwelling place for His Spirit. The only right response is praise and thanksgiving.

46And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Nothing short of beautiful.

I love this song.

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