The Christmas story is one of my favorites and over the last few years, I have learned different ways of interpreting what the meaning of it is. I have wanted to know what Mary, the mother of Jesus thought about during this time of her life. So, this post is written in the words of what a young mother may have been thinking in that day and time.
There are not a lot of bible verses that speak of how she felt. There is this verse in Luke – “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19). When Gabriel appeared to her, she also, pondered his greeting (Luke 1:29). Mary was young, but at a normal marrying age for that time. We know she was betrothed to Joseph when she was chosen by God to fulfill the prophecy from – Isaiah 7:14 –Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Mary was a praying woman, and her saying “Yes” to God sets an amazing example of how we should respond when God is calling us to do what He asks us to do. The epitome of faith, trust, and glory to God.
Months go by and she has to travel on a donkey many miles to a town not her own and nowhere for them to stay.
“I am so tired and uncomfortable, we have had to stop so frequently to stop and take a break. Is that a foot in my rib? Oh, sweet baby, I know you will be here very soon and we are so excited to see your sweet face. The Lord has been so gracious and I pray I can live up to what God wants me to be as your Mother. We are almost there, sweet baby, then we can rest.
Bethlehem is very busy and we have not been able to find somewhere to sleep. The nice innkeeper has offered us a stable to get in from the elements. I know now that I will see you very soon.”
Luke 2:6-7 – While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
“Sweet baby boy, you are finally here. I pray I will be a good Mom, show you things and teach you things and keep you safe. We are just going to lay here and rest together, I want to take all this into my heart and remember this moment, right now, while you are small. I want to remember, the sights, sounds, your coo’s and squeaks.
Who is that coming in the distance? They are shepherds, but where are their sheep?
They say the angel appeared to them too, he told them that you are the Son of God, the Savior, Christ the Lord. I am truly honored to be your Mother, so much that my heart feels it may explode.”
Did Mary know what was to happen many years later? Could she even comprehend the saving power this small baby had been given from His heavenly Father? Since she knew the scriptures and was a faithful prayer warrior, I feel she knew that he would have to be sacrificed to save us from our sins. Did she know the extent, probably not, but Mary never questioned, never doubted, never complained. She always said Yes to what God had in store for her. Oh to have Mary’s faith!
Have you ever wondered what she may have thought, said or prayed about as the mother of Jesus? This Christmas make the holiday about that sweet baby boy, that grew up as a man, God in flesh, that walked this earth, teaching us about His Father’s love for us. He is going to make a place for us and will return again.
“Lord, help me to have the thoughtfulness of Mary, the faithfulness and the response of Yes to follow your will, and what you are calling me to do for your Glory. Thank you for sending Jesus to us because you loved us so, so we may have an eternal home with You. May I be a mother like Mary, slow to anger, pondering in the quiet with You. Amen”
One of my favorite songs about Christmas, is “Mary did you know?” and this version just gives me chills!!
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