Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 4 – Jesus meets his mother, a divine love moment…
“Jesus’ path takes him to a powerful source of his strength to continue. All his life, his mother had taught him the meaning of the words, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.” Now they look into each other’s eyes. How pierced-through her heart must be! How pained he must be to see her tears! Now, her grace-filled smile blesses his mission and stirs his heart to its depth. Love and trust in God bind them together.”**
Jesus and his mother shared a sacred bond, a bond no other mother and child has ever had. No one will ever know the anguish Mary felt as she watched her son, a son she shared with God bloodied and beaten stagger through the narrow streets of Jerusalem. In my imagination I can see her with tears running down her cheeks throwing him a reassuring smile. The very human Jesus needed to see that smile, he needed a divine love moment. For just a few seconds mother and son shared a spiritual intimate moment between two humans one where both were strengthened for what lie ahead. It was a moment stirred up in heaven, a divine love moment.
Later while hanging on the cross Jesus shared another divine love moment with his mother and John, one of his closest friends. Everyone needs at least one person they can share divine love moments with. One such special moment that will always stand out in my mind occurred on the afternoon of November 3, 2013. While lying in the ER of a hospital Patti walked in and said, “What did the doctor say?” With tears in my eyes, “He said I had a heart attack.” Then deep inside I felt a comforting spirit of peace, it was a divine love moment shared by wife, husband, and the Holy Spirit. Even as I think about that November day this morning, it still has the capacity to put my troubled heart at rest.
There is nothing magical about a divine love moment. It can reassure a heart attack patient, it can reassure a cancer patient, and it can even give strength to a man sentenced to die the horrible death of crucifixion. The powers of hell are among the most destructive power anywhere yet when exposed to divine love its power are turned to ashes and carried away by the winds of the Spirit.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE,
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**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.