This is the third Christmas that I have thought more about Mary than about Jesus at this time of year.
In particular, Luke 1:38
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”
I think about her strength of mind; of her faith in God. I think about how she was challenging everything in her life: her parents, her betrothed, her religion; her culture – in accepting this Holy burden.
How afraid she must have been? What would everyone think? What would they think of her? Would they think she was crazy?
Even after the birth of her miraculous child, she didn’t freak out when shepherds – complete strangers – come to see her newborn. Instead she:
… Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
What does this say about her?
Now that I am a mother, I look at the Nativity story differently. Instead of the great miracle of our Lord’s birth, I see the strength and faith of a young woman. I see how her obedience to God has prospered us all. I see how her courage has saved us all.
Today, on Christmas day, my wish for you is to find your own strength and courage to be obedient to God.