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I’m contributing over at The Glorious Table today!

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” (Luke 1:38 NIV).

Just like that, Mary said yes to becoming the mother of the Savior of the World. I’ve often wondered, had she known how much heartache was in her future, would she have said yes?

The joy of obedience to God often carries challenges with it. For Mary, a “yes” to give birth to the Savior held the possibility of a broken engagement, public gossip, and even the possibility of stoning. Regardless of these stresses, I can’t imagine Mary expected to give birth in a stable, or that she would have to flee to Egypt to protect God’s Son. I don’t think she could have guessed in her wildest dreams she would see her baby turn water into wine, heal the sick, or die on a cross. God knew Mary would suffer heartache and stress along with overwhelming joy as she raised Jesus…God’s Son, her son, our Savior. God knew the difficult, potentially terrifying road he was asking Mary to walk. He didn’t reveal the whole story..Read the rest HERE

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