For hundreds of years it was prophesied and taught that a sign would be given prior to the most anticipated birth that has ever occurred on earth. A star would appear, a king would be born. However, he was not born in a palace. People were not preparing a special place for Him or his mother. In addition to the new star, His birth was announced by angels and heavenly choirs sang. In the most humble of circumstances, this king was born, in a stable where animals were kept because there was no room for Him anywhere else. All was peaceful when this king was welcomed by his parents. A new mother wrapped her baby, held him tight and kissed his precious face. She knew that He would do many great and wonderful things.
Two thousand years ago this baby grew up to be the only perfect man to walk the earth: Jesus Christ. He was the son of our Heavenly Father and an earthly mother. He taught men truth, gave His life to be the Savior of this world and gave us an example to live by so we could know the way to pattern our lives making it possible to return home to our Father in Heaven.
This time of year we remember this sacred birth of the King of Kings. This season we also want to remember his mother Mary because she was a strong, confident and an obedient daughter of God.
Heather Farrell wrote a book called Women in the Scriptures and said: “We often talk about how much God loves us because He was willing to sacrifice His son, but Jesus was Mary’s son just as much as He was God’s son. What great love Mary must have had for all human souls to be willing to offer her son as a sacrifice for all our sins. What a magnificent and amazing woman she must have been. One can only imagine how her soul must have rejoiced at what glorious blessings awaited the world, but how, at the same time, her heart must have broken into pieces knowing what she knew her son would have to suffer. My soul rejoices in her and I will be forever grateful to this magnificent and beautiful woman for all her sacrifices and immensity of her love.”
Mary, more than anyone knew of the plan for her son, for our Savior who would come into the world to atone for our sins and die for us. She had to have amazing faith to help carry out the Father’s plan, which included unimaginable suffering for us in the Garden of Gethsemane and evil men taking His life. And yet, she still stood by her son to the end, mourned His death, and suffered as only a mother would. She did this for Him and she did this for us.
Winston Churchill said: “To every woman there comes that special moment when she is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing, unique to her and fitted to her talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds her unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be her finest hour.”
What if Mary would not have been ready or prepared? What if we are called upon to do something with our abilities and talents and we are not prepared?
“We know that Mary stood near the cross at the end of her Son’s ministry. Standing by Jesus in what others perceived as a shameful predicament, Mary communicated that her fear of God was greater than the fear of man. Whatever accusation a bystander could fling at her, Mary’s stoic stance beside her Son communicates that unlike others of his disciples, she would not deny her association with Jesus. More than remaining loyal to a son, Mary was a stalwart disciple of her redeemer.” (Mary, Mother of Jesus by Camille Fronk Olson.)
This Christmas season, let’s take a moment to reflect on how we are living our lives. One day we will each meet our Savior, and won’t we want him to say: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”. It is our moment to be strong just as Mary was, to fear God more than man and love others as Christ did.
Sending all our readers our love this beautiful Christmas season.