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Mary the Mother of Jesus

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The bible has recorded many actions and stories of great women. Stories of loyalty, obedience, disobedience, and disloyalty.

Recently, I portrayed the angel Gabriel in our church production. I delivered the news to Mary about her being with child and who this child was.

One more time our Lord does extraordinary things through ordinary people. Mary was a typical Jewish girl of the times. When Gabriel appeared to her, she was only 12 or 13 years old. She was engaged to Joseph a carpenter. I am sure the upcoming marriage was foremost on her mind.

When Gabriel appeared, Mary was scared and confused. The angel assured her she was highly favored by God. She received his unmerited favor. He eased her mind and told her not to be afraid before he told her she would be the mother of the Messiah. She was going to give birth to the Son of God.

Mary because she was a virgin asked, “How will this be?” The angel explained and her response was belief and obedience.

Zachariah on the other hand when told by Gabriel Elizabeth would bare a child he doubted. The consequence was he remained speechless until his son was born.

Mary was ready to serve her Lord. Her response was “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be as you said.” She had the servant’s heart. She was available for her Lord and was not concerned with her ability.

Mary was young and poor. She worked the fields and vineyards. She was strong physically and mentally. She was well versed in her scriptures and applied them in her life.

I am sure Mary used some of the women in the scriptures as her role models.

What went through Mary’s mind after she received the news that she was to give birth to Jesus? She would disgrace herself, her family, and Joseph. Would Joseph divorce her? She could even be stoned to death. I am sure she was not prepared to experience the agony of her son’s death on the cross.

Mary was very human. She would experience the daily joys and sadness of a mother. Imagine her fear when the family was returning home and she and Joseph could not find Jesus. And her reaction when they found him. All human feelings.

Jesus learned the carpentry trade from his father. When he went out and began his ministry, Mary watched. she noticed the authorities did not care for her son’s teachings.

Mary could never imagine the torture Jesus would go through and then die a horrible death.

Mary was a willing servant of God. She submitted to his plan. She trusted God and obeyed his call. God looked at Mary quite differently than society. He looked at her heart and saw the quality of her trust and obedience. He knew she would be a worthy servant.

Mary loved God. She was strong and she knew where that strength came from. She was willing to serve. Her love, availability, faith, and obedience are qualities our Lord looks for to do the extraordinary through ordinary people.

My name is Art Fahy. I write Christian articles and short stories. I am now working on a Chrisitian novel. I can be reached by email at

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