Women of Christmas II

                      The Women of Christmas

Elisabeth, Mary, Anna

Mary, the mother of Jesus

Primary Scripture referencesMatthew 1,2; 12, 46-50; 13:55; Mark 3:31-35

Luke 1, 2; 8:19,20  John 2:1-11; 7:5; 19:25-27; Acts 1:14

Mary was a person with depth of character and strong inner strength that stemmed from a confident relationship with God. 

Mary and the Incarnation

An example of an ultimate submission and surrender to God’s will.

Mary and the Magnificant

Her soul magnified (made large) the Lord

Elisabeth and Mary rejoiced together.

Mary and the Birth of Christ

The strenuous journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem

No room at the Inn

Mary “pondered” (consider deeply, thoroughly)  Luke 2:19

Mary at the Presentation at the Temple

Her reaction to Simeon:  she marveled

Simeon’s parting words, “a sword shall pierce through thy own soul” would have led Mary to acknowledge her own personal sacrifice.

What to learn from Mary:

  • Surrender to God’s will is of utmost importance
  • Sharing in the joys of others increases our own joy.
  • Discomforts are passages to better things.
  • Some things are better to hold within our hearts only.

 

Mary of Nazareth, our example of confidence gained from walking consistently with God.

 

 

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