Today’s writer is Mary Katherine Washington.
“The angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” -Luke 1.30-31
I love the song “Mary, Did You Know?” and picturing the Christmas season from Mary’s point of view.
I wonder what was on her heart while she was pregnant? After the shocking announcement that she would miraculously give birth to the Savior of the World, I can only imagine she would be scared, excited, confused, and asking “why me?”
We have the same emotions and questions in our lives today. When there is news of a surprise pregnancy, a new job, the death of a loved one, or an unwanted diagnosis, I think it is ok to ask, “why me?”
Although we may never know the answer to this question, I find peace in knowing that God knows. He knew what he was doing when he selected Mary to be the mother of Jesus. He knew what he was doing when he sent his son to die on a cross for our sins. I hope that as Mary prepared for the birth of her baby, that she felt God’s presence and His peace. As we prepare for this advent season, I hope that we will have the peace that only God can provide as we face the uncertainties of this world.
Prayer: Loving God, we live with many questions that cannot be answered, and even acknowledge that sometimes an answered question only leads to more questions. Help us during all seasons, to find strength through our faith, to live with the hard questions of life, and not demand that every question is answered, for that is not faith at all. Amen.