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Women of Christmas: The Virgin

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[c]

29 But when she saw him,[d] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)

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I don’t think I could even imagine how I would react if an Angel suddenly appeared to give me a message. Then if I put myself in Mary’s shoes, being about twelve years old, engaged and then hearing that you are going to have a baby.  And not just any baby but THE baby.  I couldn’t even fathom it.

About a hundred questions would run through my mind. How would it  happen? When would it happen? and Why me? In my thoughts I would certainly be thinking that there is someone more righteous or more deserving than me to be the mother of our Savior.

Could you imagine the emotions she must have went through during this encounter? Fear, wonder, confusion, awe and finally acceptance.

In her innocence she accepted God’s will for her life no longer questioning but completely submitting herself to be used by her master. I always think of the faith of a child. They believe whatever you tell them and I believe this is the kind of faith that our Father wants us to have in Him.

Put yourself in Mary’s place. Could you have given yourself to God’s plan like she did?

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