Day 176: Behold thy mother!

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

John 19:26-27

Unfortunately, it is clear from the scriptures that Mary, the mother of Jesus, outlived her husband and was a widow at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. Even as Jesus hung on the cross in agony, He took the time to make sure that His mother was provided for. John, one of his apostles, stood by with his poor mother. In His words, Jesus is essentially telling John that he is now to take care of his mother just as if though he were her son.

As husbands and fathers, we hope that we will always be there to care for our loved ones. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. We should make arrangements while we are alive if for some reason you were no longer around.

As well, there are many in our community, in our churches, and in our schools who have lost a husband and father figure in their families. To us, Christ has extended the same invitation to care for the widowed and fatherless.

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