The song Mary Did You Know has been stuck in my head this week.
Appropriate, given that it's Mother's Day Weekend.
Also appropriate because, as you know, I'm constantly wondering right along with that song. Did Mary know ... really know ... what was ahead of her? Did she know her Son was going to walk on water, give sight to the blind and calm storms with His hand? Did she realize how He was going to save us all? That she was kissing the face of God?
I thought to myself that the same uncertainty, albeit on a much more human level, can be asked of all you mothers out there. Did you really know what is was going to be like to have a child? How little sleep you would get? How much attention you would have to give? How much pain you would be in when you saw your child hurting? How many times you would question yourself?
Then it dawned on me that that second set of questions applied to Mary as well. Aside from the Holy path she was walking in raising our Savior, she was also experiencing all the "normal" situations, problems, and emotions of just being an "earthly" Mom.
I am guilty of taking that part for granted when I think about our Blessed Mother's life here on earth. How she dealt with both at the same time, I will never know.
But I'm thankful she did, and I'm thankful she is our Holy Mother.
God Bless, and Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and Godmothers out there.