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Be Like Mary

Posted: December 08, 2016

Think you’re stressed this holiday season?

Pastor John talked about it on Sunday, but I have a feeling that your stress level is nowhere near what Mary and Joseph’s stress level was on the night Jesus was born!

They had just gone through a tumultuous engagement (can you imagine the rumors spoke about them?), traveled (VERY pregnant) a long distance to Joseph’s homeland, gotten there and had no hotel room, and then she went into labor and delivered in a stable (all the moms out there are cringing, because that would be about as rough as it could get!).

If it were me, I’m pretty sure I would’ve been complaining the whole way. In our human eyes, it looks like one disaster after another.

But not to Mary. Instead of getting frustrated, angry, and downright mean, (which she would have been entitled to do in my book!), the Bible says, “but Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Now that’s perspective! Despite all that she had to go through, Mary pondered all that it meant for Jesus to be born, and how this could and would change the course of history forever, for all of mankind!

In the midst of your chaos and stress this holiday season, take a moment and be like Mary. Shift your perspective and spend a few minutes dwelling on the birth of Jesus, and how significant it is to history, to our salvation, and to those that are still lost.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
- John 1:14 NIV

Jesus, thank you for coming to earth and becoming flesh, dwelling among us and ultimately dying for our salvation. Help me to shift my perspective to focus on all that you’ve done not just for me, but for all the world through Jesus, and help me to share that Good News with others, especially this holiday season. In Jesus’ name, amen.