Monday, December 23, 2013

Chosen by God

"Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine."

I wonder what Mary felt when she looked at Jesus' face for the first time.
Did she really grasp who He is?

The prophet Isaiah called Him
"Wonderful Counselor
Mighty God
Everlasting Father
Prince of Peace." (Isa. 9:6)

Could this tiny wrinkly-toed infant really embody all of those things?
Surely Mary looked at Jesus with wonder.

I know, as a mother, I was so glad to be holding each of my children 
in those first moments after they were born.
Just to have them in my arms was so amazing and wonderful.

And I would look at them with wonder.
"I can't believe You chose me" is what my heart whispered.

If you have children, I'm sure you can relate. 
It's such a huge blessing and responsibility to be a mother.
I'm grateful every day.
I also don't take this role lightly.

So, can you imagine how Mary felt?
She was holding the Saviour of the world.
Talk about awesome!

Do you think she felt inadequate at times?
Do you think she felt overwhelmed by this responsibility?
I have no doubt.

And God chose her anyways.
To give birth to HOPE.
To carry LOVE.
To bring TRUTH that sets us all free.

We are all Mary's.
We have been given an assignment from God to bear His name.
We have been chosen to birth HOPE, LOVE and TRUTH into this cold world.
We are ordinary girls that God can use to do extraordinary things!

We just need to follow Mary's example.
We have to say Yes!

Ladies, let me tell you:
Your social status doesn't matter.
Man's opinion can't affect His call on your life.
Your past can't be used against you.

Because He chose you!

That is what Christmas is all about.
Bringing this good news to the world.

Embrace your inner Mary this Christmas.
Just say yes!

My favorite Christmas song. :)

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