A Motherís Day Prayer for all the Mama Bears

A Motherís Day Prayer for all the Mama Bears

Posted on May 11, 2018


"Woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come.” Jesus’ retort to his mother made me pause to laugh a little when I came across the verse in the gospel of John. I especially found it funny since Mary was nudging her son to use his spiritual gifts to come up with a little more wine when the party hosts ran out. All my life I’ve known that Jesus turned water into wine, but I never realized mom was the one who asked him to do it. (I like this Mary!) But further down in the passage, I encountered the weight of what actually transpired in this story.

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

I find it pretty amazing that Mary was the one poking and prodding her son to perform his first miraculous act publicly. She knew her son was regarded to be the Messiah of the prophecies, so she understood enough about his destiny to realize that making him known would lead to her own personal suffering. Yet here she is, pushing him out of his own comfort zone. That’s an inspiring allegiance to God.

Mary’s courage got me to thinking about how my own parenting style may compare and contrast with hers. My kids are 7 and 2 years old, and I’m all “mama bear” in this moment of our lives. I’m constantly on the lookout for potential hazards to the health and safety of my babies. Right now, I can’t even imagine having Mary’s depth of faithfulness as she encouraged Jesus to set the divine plan in motion.

But Jesus was 30 years old when he started his ministry. The gospel of Matthew reveals the mama bear in Mary, who swiftly took her 2-year-old son to Egypt, narrowly avoiding the evil plotting of Herod. That’s more where I’m at in life—and I’ve got a few more years to pray for and build up a fortitude of faith that might one day hold a candle to the Mary who was at her son’s side until the very end when he took up his cross.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ll be lifting up praise and aspiration for Mary the mother of Jesus. I pray for God to silence my motherly fears and anxieties, to bless me with the wisdom to help my children discover their calling and the bravery to encourage them to step into it even when it’s not the safest path in life. As I follow Jesus, may I remember that I’m also walking alongside his magnificent mom. And may she inspire all of us mothers to raise our children to love others well and seek God’s Kingdom, just as her son did.

Happy Mother’s Day, and may God bless you all!