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The End of Mary and Jesus' Story

Today I was in a somewhat unique position; I got to deliver a Mother’s Day message as a mom who is a pastor.  I tried to redefine Supermom, whom we all seem to want to be, not as a mom who does everything but as one who shares with, shows up for, and suffers with her kids. But there was more I wanted to say today about the lessons we can learn from Mary and Jesus as mother and son.

The story didn’t end with Mary at the foot of the cross, suffering with her son as he was dying.  Jesus had final words for his mother:
26 When Jesus saw his motherthere, and the disciple whom he lovedstanding nearby, he said to her,‘Woman,here is your son,’27 and to the disciple,‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)
As Mary and Jesus suffered together, as they realized their time together on earth was ending, Jesus had important and powerful words for his mother and his closest friend.  Mom, here is a new son for you.  Friend, here is your mom. 
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