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December 22, 2021
A “Mary” Christmas
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Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor
A “Mary” Christmas
What will your Christmas story be this year? Will it be like one of these:
Janet remembers the year they had a few small thrift store items under the little plastic tree because finances were not only tight, but non-existent. She felt bad that she couldn’t give nice gifts.
Danielle tries not to remember the Christmas her mother-in-law had much to say about how Danielle could still call herself a Christian after ruining her life by marrying her son and having all these kids.
Barbara was in tears the year her son was sick in the hospital, and they spent Christmas wondering if he would see another day.
Gwen wonders when her prodigal daughter will return home. Christmas is heavy with anguish not knowing how or where she is.
Sleepless nights with the newborn and so much time cooking, cleaning, decorating, and wrapping gifts left Karen so tired by Christmas morning, she only had short, angry words for everyone that came near her.
Ever had a Christmas like one of these? Our holidays may be filled with pain; our kids may be unhappy; or someone ends up that way. What do you do in these circumstances?
We hang on to the One Who doesn’t change. The One Who doesn’t disappoint. The One Who is not disappointed in us. And because of that, we can wake up knowing that today we will worship Christ.
Today, we will celebrate Christ—no matter what else happens on this day.
He is worthy of celebration. He set us free from ourselves by the power of the cross. So just for a moment, put the decorations and gifts aside, put the painful memories away, and worship your Savior. Forget what is behind and press forward to give Christ the gift He desires: our full attention.
Perhaps God chose Mary because she was willing to face whatever circumstance that came her way. She was willing to give up her reputation and the dream she had for her own life. The personal cost would be great. I think this is why it is said: she was highly favored.
I want to have a “Mary” Christmas and give Christ the gift of these words, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to Thy word.”
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant . . . for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:46; 54 ESV).
Let’s worship Christ as we celebrate the gift of having our children Home. Where They Belong.
Holy is His Name,
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Check out these other articles to get you into the Christmas spirit.
A Truly Wonderful Time by Beth Foster
The History of Celebrating Christmas in the United States by Cathy Diez-Luckie
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