Thoughts on Christmas and the Heart of Mary

Thoughts on Christmas and the Heart of Mary

I have often wondered what was different about Mary. How did God choose her to be the mother of Jesus? What was in the heart of Mary, the peasant girl from Nazareth, that made her worthy to give birth to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Mary was a simple country girl, with no exceptional expectations and engaged to be married, when the angel of God came to her and told her that her life would never be the same again. The Bible says that Mary was initially “greatly troubled” (Luke 1:26), and the angel told her “don’t be afraid” (Luke 1:30). After asking about some details, Mary says simply, “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38).

Maybe that is the difference: God saw the heart of Mary, and knew that she would respond to the annunciation with complete trust in Him. She not only accepted the task she was given; Mary rejoiced in the privilege, singing “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47).

At Christmas we celebrate the gift God gave to the world through the birth of his Son. The Gospel of John says “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:9). That light was given to mankind at Christmas, and through him all of us may be saved.  As I read the Christmas story I think about the fact that that light came from God and through the beautiful obedience and trust in the heart of Mary.

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The task God gave Mary was not an easy one. She had to face the prejudices of people who did not understand what had happened, she had to face the difficulties of giving birth to her son far from home, and ultimately she had to watch her son die. Yet the whole world was blessed through her willingness. She recognized this when she sang, “From now on all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48).

This Christmas I want to make a commitment to pray and grow in my trust in God, so that when he asks me to do something that is hard or difficult to understand I do not hesitate, but simply turn to him with rejoicing and praise. I encourage each of you to pray and ask God what he wants to teach you through the story of Christ’s birth.

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May God bless you. Merry Christmas!

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