Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An Ordinary Jewish Girl

Wednesday's Word

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God."

The Nativity Story
A young girl, who was probably only about 12 or 13 years old when an angel came to her. Recently engaged to a carpenter. She was an ordinary Jewish girl, looking forward to marriage. Suddenly her life would forever be changed.

Was she fearful and troubled?  She must have thought that her carpenter would divorce her, or worse yet, he might even have her put to death by stoning.
If nothing else, she knew she would be disgraced as an unwed mother.
She could not possibly have comprehended how she would conceive the Savior, yet 
she responded to God
with belief
and obedience.

Her life held great honor. Her calling demanded great suffering as well. Just as there is pain in childbirth and motherhood, there was much pain in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah.

Can we willing accept God's plan? Can we even rejoice in God's plan, like Mary did, when we know that it will cost us dearly?

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