Mary CHRISTmas!

I am one of “those people” who will greet you with Merry Christmas from late November until the New Year!  People’s response to my greeting varies from, “Huh, oh yeah, Merry Christmas.” To, “what?” and silence, or simply being ignored.  Most people respond with “Happy Holidays!”.  To which, I say: “Thank you, Merry Christmas to you.” (Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la)

I am grateful for the worldwide recognition that December 25 acknowledges Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of the world, was born.  How cool is it that the calendar we use today (the Gregorian calendar) is based off Jesus being born, with A.D. counting years from His birth.  

Much love and appreciation for Jesus!  But Christmas also reminds me of the young, heroic, faithful woman who carried and gave birth to Jesus. That woman’s name was Mary.  Who by the way, underwent a ton of scrutiny because she was not married when she agreed to becoming pregnant.  

In Luke Chapter 1, verses 26-38 you can read the story of this heroic and powerful young lady. As an angel visited her and announced Christ’s Birth to Mary.  Mary had the courage to say “yes” to the angel!

It’s inspirational to me that Mary, though a young woman who had a vision of her life, agreed to amend her will and accept what God wanted to do.  It’s probable that she misunderstood God’s purpose in her life, just like the disciples and many of us, but she goes for it anyway.   Own it like a boss Mary!

Mary’s “yes” to God sets her on a different journey. A journey that required faith and hope, pain, and fear. A journey that was very challenging.

As we look at Mary, I hope her story inspires you to have stronger faith and overshadows the glitz and commercialism of the Christmas season.

May you see Mary as a real person, a young virgin and mother, but also acknowledge the energy and enthusiasm she had when she said, “yes” to God, even when she had no idea what she was taking on for a history changing event!

In the Bible, Matthew 1:21says “And she will bring forth a son, and you will call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

It was necessary that God be born human and that He experience death to pay the penalty for mankind’s sin.  Jesus is necessary because Jesus is the answer for every hurt, every pain, every circumstance, every relationship, every victory.  Jesus is the answer for the world today.  Above Him, there’s no other. Jesus is the way.

I invite you to think about Mary more than normal during the Christmas season.  She truly is an inspiration to own it like a boss, to be empowered to walk with courageous faith that God’s plan for you is an awesome plan!  (Wurk it gurl, adjust your crown & keep it movin’)

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  Jesus is the reason for the season.

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