This week it is Christmas! In my desire to carry the heart of Christmas I have determined to read the Christmas story through a different portion of Scripture each day. I have often tried to put myself in Mary’s place and imagine what it must have been like for her. As I was thinking about all that happened to Mary, I saw some things that I believe every mother can learn from the Christmas story.
1. "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:" Luke 1:28
As a Christian mom I am so comforted to know that the Lord is with me – he promised before He left when he said, “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
2."And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:31-33
Now, I know that not a one of us will ever be as Mary was – but from these verses I see that God determines when a mother will conceive, the gender of the child, and that He has a plan for the children even before they are born – He knows their beginning and their end, and all their accomplishments in between.
I also see an example of the attitude that we as mothers should hold so that we don’t get in the way of God’s plan.
Mary said in Luke 1:38 “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Mary submitted to God knowing that the circumstances would be difficult and that she would face possible judgdment by others.
She further praised the Lord saying, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour...For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name...He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel... Luke 1:46-54
Mary realized what a Great and Mighty God was performing this miracle in her life. Moms, I say to you, to all of us – every birth is a miracle. We of course will not be the mother of Jesus, but we as mothers should strive to raise our children to honor Christ. We should realize that our job is to seek to raise our children to glorify God. Let’s learn from the Christmas story the attitude that allowed Mary to be used of God.
1. Allow God’s will to be done in your life and submit to Him regardless of the circumstances
2. Seek to magnify the Lord
3. Praise the Lord
4. Give Him Glory for the great things He has done
Let's remember that motherhood is always miracle and that every child is a precious gift from God. It is my prayer that this Christmas we will all remember the wonder of it all - the love that God sent to us and the privilege that we have to honor and glorify Him. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful day!