Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-38
Mary (The Mother Of Jesus)
Could you imagine being told that you are going to be the parent of the Son of God? No pressure, right?
Parents, on their best of days, often feel woefully inadequate. Every child is a gift from God, entrusted to us to raise in the ways of God. Where do I start and where do I end? Where am I supposed to trust God and where am I supposed to insert myself? Faith is letting go of ourselves; our wishes, our plans, our desires.
Mary exhibited much faith in her interaction with the Angel Gabriel. In fact, she only had 1 question for him, and it was a completely fair question. She praised God, magnifying His name. But it wasn’t all roses. She experienced the same tension you and I experience.
She lost the Son of God for somewhere between 3-5 days. She pushed him to turn water to wine. And she tried to bring him home when he had started his ministry.
The same is true with us. When do we push our kids? When do we encourage them to hold back? And through it all, how can we learn to have faith in God?
This Mother’s Day sermon is about the tensions of having faith, and raising our kids to be followers of Christ. We won’t always get it “right” but we can live in faith even when we are unsure of ourselves.