I marvel at the life of Mary, mother of the Savior. She, being a descendant of King David, passed along her royal bloodline to her son. She was highly favored of God, blessed among women, chosen to bring the Savior into the world, a world He would one day save.
Motherhood in and of itself is an enormous responsibility, but being tasked with bearing and raising the Lord, Jesus Christ, as a young woman is hard for me to comprehend. Yet Mary courageously met the challenge with Joseph at her side.
Mary’s life was a faith-filled journey. A loving mother and devoted disciple, she would often follow Jesus throughout His mission. Looking on as she did as her son was lifted up on the cross seems unbearable to me. And then after His ascension into heaven, she continued on, ever believing.
Margot Hovley stated beautifully, “Christmas is a season of giving, and Mary, as a central figure in the scriptural account, shows us the one gift that matters more than all others: the gift of ourselves, the gift of aligning our will to God’s, humbly accepting His mission for us and fulfilling to the utmost. That’s what Christ did, as did Mary, His mother before Him.”
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