Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WOYWW: Mothers and Sons

“Big Bad Wolf” came to town, and my brother Robert bought me this pretty book, “Meaningful Bouquets”. I decided to write the names and meanings of the flowers next to the picture. 

That way, it would be more useful. 

“Promise me that these sons of mine will sit, one on your right hand and the other at your feet in your kingdom.” Matthew 20:21

In another version, it says that the mother of James and John asked Jesus that these two sons of hers be given places of honor in His Kingdom. Jesus replied, “You do not know what you are asking!” Mothers always want the best for their sons. We plead with God for their good health, safety everywhere they go, friendships that will influence them to go the right path, authentic faith, etc. 

Salome, the mother of James and John, had the unique position of being right there with Jesus and His apostles right after He described His death and resurrection. She could not have foreseen that James would be the first of the disciples to be martyred, slain by the sword. Herod Agrippa had started persecuting leaders of the Christians. When James was lead away, his accuser was so moved by his courage that he repented, accepted Jesus and asked to be executed alongside James. 

Salome’s other son John was the only one of the original Twelve who did not die a violent death. He passed away of old age after writing several books of the Old Testament. 

We never know what the future holds for us, and for our loved ones. We can only pray that we all finish running the race well. Jesus tells us how: “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” 

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