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The Courage of Mary

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"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:38

The angel came to Mary and said:  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:31-33).  Mary was fearful when the angel appeared to her and she was most likely overwhelmed by the words of the angel, but her last words to angel were I am the Lord’s servant, may your word be fulfilled.  Mary displayed faith in the Lord and courage to serve him.

Let the faith and courage of Mary inspire us to be faithful and courageous so we can say, I am your servant Lord let your will be done.  This is certainly the faith that pleases the Lord. Mary was grateful and thankful to the Lord that she wrote a Song. Luke 1:46-55, and it starts with My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, and this grateful heart is carried throughout her song. Shouldn’t we have the same grateful heart whenever we are blessed by serving the Lord?

This Christmas season let’s be grateful that we can serve the Lord, that he calls us to be a light for Christ.  The Lord gave Mary the wisdom and courage to endure her life, raising Jesus and watching him suffer and die on the cross for all our sins.  The Lord gave her the strength to endure and when Jesus was raised from the grave and forty days later ascended into Heaven, Mary fully understood what the angel had said to her and she was eternally blessed. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Psalm 56:3) Mary was the Lord’s servant enabling the Lord to guide her and her husband Joseph to fulfill God’s divine plan for Jesus.

During this season walk in faith and courage, because the Lord has a divine plan for you.  We can see the divine help given to Mary and Joseph in raising Jesus, and we know he will give us divine help in fulfilling his plan in us if we become his servant guided by the Spirit. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9) Whatever your plans are for this Christmas, let the Lord guide your steps. Step in patience and kindness, guided by the Spirit, and don’t let Satan tempt you and take away peace and joy from the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord fulfill your plan for me this Christmas season, I am your servant and let me be a blessing to everyone.  Thank you for your divine guidance and for your love that I will reflect to others.  In Jesus’ name, Amen