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Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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[January 13, 2010]   --And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”-Luke 1: 45

If we think that the Biblical story is occasionally hard to believe, imagine how Mary must have felt. Here was a young woman, probably no more than 14 or 15, who was engaged to be married to a nobody named Joseph who suddenly sees the angel of the Lord before her. His message was clear, you will bear God’s son and then she was pregnant. I am sure she must have thought it was some sort of dream or something she had conjured in her head and yet she accepted this new truth with faith and trust.

This is what Elizabeth must have noticed about Mary when she came to visit her. In the passage from Luke which records their meeting, Elizabeth is effusive in her praise of Mary and concludes her feelings with the words above. And here she captures the great gift that Mary will carry her entire life…belief. Mary believed what God had said to her but also, somehow, was able to believe that everything would turn out alright. She was able to believe that Joseph would not abandon her, that her son would be special, that, even as he was suffering near the end of life that he would be alright. She was able to believe. During this Christmas season we have the opportunity to renew our belief. None of us have received the sensational news that Mary accepted from the Angel of the Lord, but we have received the Word of God. We have received the Word that we are loved, that we are cherished and that God will be with us for all time. Blessed are all of us who have heard and believe and may God seal that belief on our hearts.

[Jo Hilliard, LDN Spiritual Life Editor]


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