No matter how many times I read the Bible, I am stunned by
the compassionate love of Jesus. Time
and time again scripture describes his kindness to all people, offering
forgiveness and healing to all who had need.
However, one act of love stands out to me this Mother’s Day, and that is
when Christ cared for his mother while hanging on the cross.
“When Jesus saw his
mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother,
‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then he said
to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’
And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” -John
As Christ had the weight of the whole world on his
shoulders, he still looked down and saw Mary, his mom. Amid his deep suffering, Christ still cared
for her. He knew she’d have need without
him and would require a loving individual to care for her both physically and
spiritually. The person for the job was
already next to her and had long been dear to Christ. Who better to care for his precious mamma
than John, the disciple whom Jesus loved?
I love that. John was
in the right place to respond.
Jesus, in his last moments, not only shows great love for
his mother, but shows all of us that we are responsible for one another. We are called to be unified as one body. Christ’s body. Representative of him.
Caring like Christ is about seeing who is in need and
stepping in to fill that need. Whomever
they are and no matter the circumstance.
Mothers and brothers and neighbors are not limited to blood relatives or
proximity. We are commanded to love all
people, and to pick up the responsibility for those who have need.
Look for your mother today and see her with love and
compassion. She may not be the person
who gave birth to you. She could just be
the woman next to you. Open your eyes to
the mothers who are broken hearted at the circumstances they are in. Here, in this moment, is your opportunity to
care like Christ.
Enjoy this Mother’s Day!
Sharon has been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and devotionals since 2007.
had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private,
Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served
women in the homeless community.
traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the
rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended
on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often
abused young women.
these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words
spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its
transformative power has become her passion.
her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown
Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing
face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry.