This post is in response to Jacob’s question, “Which child is your favorite?”
A woman married a man she loved. In due time, she gave birth to a child, a son, and loved him dearly.
Then, in the course of time, she gave birth to a second son, and loved him dearly, too.
She gave birth to a third son and likewise loved him.
This process was repeated until she had five sons. Each time she gave birth, her heart overflowed with love for the child in her arms.
When she died and stood before God, He asked, “Which child was your favorite?”
The sons asked Jesus, “How will this woman answer?”
Jesus answered, “You understand neither a mother’s love nor God’s love. A mother’s love is not a pie cut into pieces where one person may receive a larger piece. Neither is it a ladder on which the rungs are labeled in order of how highly they are held in esteem. A mother’s love is, instead, a waterfall, pouring over all her children. In fact, a mother’s love is so overflowingly abundant that she can invite others to stand in its cascade and enjoy its refreshment.”
The sons listened in silence.
“And I tell you this,” Jesus continued, “that just as the mightiest river can be dried to a trickle in times of great drought, so a mother’s love is not infinite. Only God’s love is everlasting and unending. To understand that, you must not consider the waterfall, but rather the ocean. It stretches farther than the eye can see and plumbs deeper than any rope can measure. It is both powerful and peaceful. It gives life and it takes life away. In fact, it cannot be comprehended. We can only stand in awe of it.”
The sons left pondering Jesus’ words. A great cloud of dust followed them.