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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thinking About Mary

Christmas is coming quietly for me this year. As a family, we've all agreed to cut back on the giving of presents - just children this year. So there is less shopping. We haven't cut back on our activities, yet everything seems to be moving at a slower pace. It has given me time to savor this Advent Season; to let my heart wait in silence.

I was thinking about Mary today. What was on her heart and mind all those hundreds of years ago as she awaited the birth of her first child? Scripture tells us she "treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." I find that so compelling. I wonder how I would have behaved after hearing the news the angel delivered to her one ordinary day. Suddenly life changed forever for her, and her response was simple obedience - and trust.

When I have been given overwhelming news, I'm afraid my reaction has not been like Mary's was. I want immediate answers. I want to know what is going to happen, when it's going to happen and above all - why. Mary wasn't given very much information. She had to wait - through the hurt and disillusionment of the one she loved, the questioning looks of friends and neighbors, the long, difficult journey to Bethlehem. She did it quietly, obediently - never doubting that the Father would keep His promises.

This Christmas I want my heart to be as much like Mary's as the Lord can make it. There are some things - things that mean more to me than my own life - I am waiting for. I want to do it with a faith that doesn't falter and doubt. I want to do it quietly, trusting that the Father will do all that He has promised He will do.

I had a dear Pastor who once said, "It was not an indication of Mary's worthiness, but rather an indication that God's grace would be unique in her life." Surely I am not worthy, but God's grace is sufficient. Sufficient to give me faith to walk obediently and to trust in Him. My part is to receive that grace with an open heart. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.

  posted at 4:06 PM

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

SNOW in South Texas?? I hadn't heard that - I did hear that New Orleans got hit today. Weird!

I love this post about Mary. Just beautiful. Have you head Faith Hill's new song, "A Baby Changes Everything"? It is just beautiful and so true! Especially that particular Baby.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Donnetta (momrn2) said...

Thanks for this beautiful reminder to take time and reflect. Not on my worthiness but on God's and HIS grace... and the promise that His grace alone is enough. More than enough!

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Abbasgirl said...

Do ever wonder if Mary was treated poorly by others because she was pregnant while betrothed to Joseph? That would have been enough to be shunned by society or even stoned. I think of her total trust in God...astounding a teen with such trust and faith.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I love reading about Mary and thinking about how she must have felt, what she must have thought, and the things she might have said. She was a remarkable lady. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today and I hope you have a great weekend!

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Chappyswife said...

Oh, Linda. I love this. It is beautiful. You have such a gift, a quiet, strong gift built on the most solid Foundation.

That quote is wonderful.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger PEA said...

God knew what he was doing when he chose Mary to carry this special child...as you say, it certainly had to be hard for her to not question and to just accept. Mary lives in all of us, may we make her proud:-) xoxo

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I find myself thinking about Mary a lot at Christmas, every year. I think it's because I can't imagine being in her situation and handling it the way she did.

Beautiful post, Linda. I'm so glad I stopped by here today.


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