As Christmas approaches, I thought it would be interesting to briefly look at the people surrounding the birth of Christ. Lately, I’ve been thinking about Mary. Two things about Mary capture my attention.
First, it’s the fact that she wasn’t given a choice. The angel informed her that she would be pregnant with the Son of God. Mary didn’t ask for this and no one sought her opinion. Mary’s life unexpectedly spun out of control. She faced the stigma of being a unwed pregnant young woman, possibly even facing severe punishment.
What’s so remarkable is that she saw this as a opportunity for greater faith. She accepted the Lord’s will for her life, even though it was going to be a difficult journey. (cf Luke 2:35)
The second thing about Mary is how she sought out another woman of incredible faith. She didn’t try to face this journey alone. Mary needed someone who understood what she was going through. That woman was Elizabeth. She was a confidante and encouragement.
Mary and Elizabeth demonstrate how much we need each other. People of faith need the encouragement and support of others of like faith.
Mary was a remarkable woman. Her faith and character were key elements of the incarnation of God.