I’m over at She Seeks today vlogging about one way I keep Christ in the center of my thoughts at Christmas. Pop on over there and check it out. Make sure to leave me a comment so I know you stopped by
Like most of you, I’m busy taking care of last minute Christmas preparations today. Cooking, baking, cleaning–and enjoying the last few moments of this special season before it slips away.
My mind always drifts to Mary at Christmas. Perhaps it’s because I wrote a book about her once. But I’ve always been intrigued by the faith she demonstrated in Luke 1:38 when her response to Gabriel was “May it be according to me as you have said.”
If I were her, I honestly think my response would have been something like, “Wait. What?” Because I know her story so well I think I often overlook how absurd it must have sounded to her the first time. I neglect to wonder about what her friends and family must have thought. Were they angry? Ashamed? Was she shunned for her willingness to obey?
This year there is a great video circulating that really gets you thinking about what it might have been like to be Mary or Joseph during that first Christmas. Obviously, it’s not exactly accurate. There was no Facebook back then–and we don’t know how their friends responded.
But I love the questions this video raises. Do yourself a favor–especially if you know the Christmas story well. Stop and take four minutes to gain a fresh perspective. Once the video is over, pull out your Bible and read the biblical account in Matthew or Luke.
Before the final rush of Christmas gets here, stop and remember. Without Christ there is no Christmas.
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