Oh, Julian. Let it be known that I’ve always liked you. But now, you speak of my endless love and sacrifice, and frankly, I’m flattered.
Furthermore, it must be said that you make an astute observation! In many ways I suppose I am motherly, though I think the fact speaks more praise to mothers than to myself. If to live as a mother is to live according to the example I laid, then to live as a mother is to live in service to the Lord.
You speak of my love and mercy to all those who are goodhearted and reverent, and I feel the need to make clear that these virtues lie not outside the reach of mortal men. Compassion for the upright is not the mark of divinity, but of good character, and in keeping that principle near to your heart, you are working in service of God.
You also rightly point out, as you so eloquently put it, that “as [the child] waxeth in age [the mother] changeth her working but not her love.” You could not be more right, but I must remind you that this goes both ways. Much as a child must love and respect his or her mother throughout all their lives, so too must all people love God. One cannot allow the changing tides of one’s own life to upset their relationship with the Lord. Although I keep watchful eye over all and do what must be done to elucidate the path to eternal life, one must respond to this effort with dutiful worship of God in Heaven in order to be saved. Redemption and salvation are made possible through me, but they start in you.
That’s all, Julian. I really do appreciate the praise.
Keep on keepin’ on,