Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mary Didn't Pray for Christmas

Mary bowed her head in humility – that she would be chosen to give birth to the Messiah.

She was the first to hold Him close.
To feed Him.
Love Him.
Wipe away His tears.

Mary laid Him in a manger, rejected.

She didn’t pray for this.

Mary looked up at the mangled body of her son she had loved, misunderstood, and now believed in.

Her mother heart wrenched when He did.
Her heart of love ached when He was forsaken.

Mary stood back helpless as He hung on a Cross, rejected.

She didn’t pray for this.

Rejection of the humblest means – a manger, a cross.

But from the first, Mary “rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:47)

The manger meant God had come to man.

The cross meant man could come to God.

We didn’t pray for this.

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