The holidays are here! Every year I try to figure out how to create family memories besides those that include eating hotel breakfasts buffets for days during family visits and watching Star Wars movies.
The truth is the best way to keep our boys focused on the true meaning of Christmas is to keep myself in the right frame of mind. It’s tempting to gloss over the Christmas story.
When our kids were younger I would spend time reading the book What God Really Wants for Christmas is You each night during recruiting season. This was a great way to begin the holiday season and remind our boys to look beyond material gifts.
Now that everyone is older and busier it’s harder to find moments to pause and reflect together. Of course, as a wife and mother, I’ve always felt drawn to Mary, Jesus’ mother.
Mary’s courage is so inspiring. In Luke 1:26-38 an angel visits her and tells her three things. First, God views her as highly favored. Second, the angel says, “the Lord is with you.” The third thing the angel says is the most amazing. Luke 1:30-33 says:
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 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.”
I think Mary was in shock because rather than argue or disagree she asks the angel for clarification since she is a virgin and after an explanation, she responds in verse 38 with the most courageous response I believe anyone could muster. “ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”
With one sentence Mary took a step of obedience that changed the world forever and I’m so thankful for her courage. Her choice shifted the trajectory of the world. Consider this, we measure time by the birth and death of Mary’s child. B.C. and A.D.
Still, many people focus on Mary as they tell the Christmas story and consider Joseph a minor character. But I believe this is a mistake. Read the rest over at Friday Night Wives