I am awestruck every time I think of Mary. But today I actually thought about her mother—she must have been an amazing woman herself to have raised a daughter who would be prepared to become the most important woman in history, the mother of the Savior of the world.
Mary was young and inexperienced. I’m guessing the things she did, the way she lived, what she believed, her determination to act in faith might have been because that was what she saw her own mother do. And Mary did all that with such grace. When the angel Gabriel first came to her to tell her she would become the mother to the Christ child, Mary didn’t complain or even question. She just accepted her call and moved forward in faith.
I can’t imagine the pressure that must have weighed on her. What a tremendous blessing to have a loving husband who helped her fulfill her magnificent responsibility. I would guess she would have been blessed also with help from on high, angels perhaps, to bear her up and instruct her how to be a righteous mother. But I’m sure Mary must have always had in the forefront of her mind just who her son really was and the mission he was to fulfill.
This has made me wonder what I would do if an angel came to me and told me the true nature and calling of my children. Would I teach them differently, speak to them differently, treat them differently? I have not had an angel come to me to tell me my children’s missions here on earth. I don't know if they'll be astronauts, artists, or airplane pilots. But, I have had moments, glimpses, of pure knowledge of who they really are. They are children of God the Father. They have been saved for this time. They are meant to be a light in this world where so much is darkness. They are born into this family to be taught and loved, and to return together back to our Heavenly Father to become like Him.
I guess I don’t need an angel to come tell me these things. I already know them. I just need to remember. Like Mary, I will move forward in faith, helping my children to “grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” And how thankful I am to have an amazing husband with whom to share this incredible responsibility.