What does it mean to truly be a mum? Commitment-phobe looks at what can we learn from the best-known of all biblical mothers about this most challenging of roles?
As a mum, I regularly feel like I am falling short and, rarely, do I remember to pat myself on the back. Using Mary, the mother of Jesus, as my Christian example of motherhood is, I have found, not so helpful. She had it rough, and she never complained. There are no reports of her dumping Jesus into Joseph’s arms when he got back from a day of carpentry and, as she opened a carafe of wine, saying: ‘Your turn now!' When I lose my temper, having been asked for the 20th time for a pair of shoes to be put on, I have the little voice of Paul in my ears saying: ‘Love is patient.’ (1 Corinthians 13) Well, in my house it isn’t, Paul!