The Women Of Christmas
Read Luke 1:39-56
Mary said: “From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me.”
- Luke 1:48-49 (NIV)
As a widow, I struggle after the holidays. The family has been together, and I have stayed up too late and entertained too much. Now I have to go back to work, and the aura of festivity is overtaken by Kentucky’s gray skies. Yet when I read through the Christmas stories again, I find my spirit renewed.
In particular, I am struck by the bravery and joy of the women of the Christmas narrative. Upright and devout, Elizabeth had spent a lifetime longing for a child, perhaps wondering if God had forgotten her. Mary, a young girl full of the excitement of new birth and the dedication of her firstborn son, was taken aback by Simeon’s declaration that a sword would pierce her heart. Anna the prophetess, whose marriage ended in her husband’s death after only seven years, had spent the rest of her life serving God in the temple at Jerusalem. And one day, when she was very old, she saw Jesus.
These women were the first to really know firsthand about the birth of a Savior. These women declared God’s goodness and authority though each had endured the agony of unfulfilled dreams. What examples they are for us in this season! They overcame personal sorrows and received the best gift of all.
Thought for the Day: God sends hope into our unfulfilled dreams.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, this holiday season, draw near to those who are lonely and fill them with your kindness. In our Savior’s name. Amen.
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