Daily Gospel Reflection for May 4, 2018


Today’s Gospel: John 15:12-17

“It was not you who chose ​M​e, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain…” John 15:16

I was shocked to find out I wasn’t one of those women who could get pregnant on demand. Instead, it took years of tears, prayers, and miscarriages to build our family of three ​beautiful ​children. That struggle helped me ​to s​ee things differently.

I used to think life was mine to control. I thought I got to choose my ​destiny and could manipulate things along the way. Now I know God is in charge​;​ and this motherhood path I’m on is His gift to me.

He singled me out and appointed me to be a mother​. T​hen ​H​e perfectly paired me with my ​children. When I stop and think about how exacting and purposeful He was about this choice, it humbles me beyond belief. It’s one thing to have family and friends​ ​think you’ll be a good mother; it is an entirely different thing to have God feel that way too.

Take a moment and reflect on that: God entrusted ​these ​innocent and perfect little beings to us to shape and mold the best way we see fit. It’s overwhelming to think about.​ W​e need to focus​, instead,​ on why He chose us.

He chose us because He knew we could raise these children to bear fruit that will remain.

When we teach ou​r kids to be kind to others, their actions ripple out and keep on going. When we teach our kids to be kind to the earth, our planet lasts that much longer. When we teach our kids to love God, they’ll teach their kids to love Him, and so on, and so on.

We ​were chosen​;​ and our responsibility is clear: ​we have t​o make the world a better place​, a more Godly place through our ​children. If we do our job right, the fruits of our labor will create a new Garden of Eden for all.


Do I realize it was God who chose ​​motherhood for me, not the other way around? Have I recognized the great honor He has bestowed upon me?


Dear God, thank You for choosing me for the gift of motherhood. May I use my calling to bear fruit for You that will remain.

Copyright 2018 Claire McGarry

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Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional “With Our Savior,” published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, These Days devotional, and the Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.


  1. Kelly Guest on

    Claire, my problem was the same, yet opposite. I thought through NFP (not to knock NFP – my sister and sister-in-law have used it very effectively), I could control when I might have my children. God bestowed on me and my husband 9 children. Often I realized that I was pregnant at what seemed to be less than perfect timing, even bad timing. Through it all, God always showed us that He is in control.
    Many people think because I have so many children and they are quite well-behaved, that I must be a great mom, patient and “on the ball.” From from it! I believe the reason why God gave me so many was to sanctify me through constant opportunities to keep trying to perfect virtues. The fact that my children are growing up to be such good and faithful people is more a testament to God than me or my husband!
    Your devotion today, though, has blessed me with the knowlege that God truly loved and believed in me enough to bless me purposefully with all 9 of my children. Thank you.

    • The world needs mothers like you, Kelly, who have large families of children who will go out into the world as living examples of faith. Thank you for saying “yes” to each and every angel He blessed you with!

  2. Maryviolet on

    please pray for me that i may be employed as a public health officer employed by the county government.life is hard and very difficult on ma side.am working as a volunteer in one of the health facilities bt i do lack even transport sometimes am supposed to go for fieldwork but i cnt make am really stressed up .pliz pray for me that i may get a job .am starting novena of infant of prague today nine hrs for nine days please pray for me too

    • Rest assured that I will be praying for you, Mary Violet. God most certainly has a plan for you. May that plan bless you soon, and alleviate the stress and worry you have now.

  3. Claire ~ your reflection today was just beautiful and touched me humbly to my core. All I ever wanted was to grow up and be a Mom, and God blessed me with a loving husband and three beautiful children. We had them easily and when WE were ready so I always felt like I was the one in control. You opened my eyes to see that God also wanted us to have the children we specifically have, when He knew we were ready to have them because He agreed we would make good parents. What a comforting, humbling thought! As my children approach adulthood, I pray that they will bear fruit with the seeds I have planted in them through God’s grace. Thank you! I plan to forward this as a wonderful Mother’s Day Reflection to all my girlfriends.

    • I am so humbled by your comment, Colleen. And I’m honored that you intend to forward this reflection to your girlfriends. Thank you! Something tells me that you’re raising your children with deep love and faith, and that they indeed will bear much fruit.

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