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The fourth person of the Christmas story is Mary.
What an important part she has been asked to do.
Can you even imagine?
She was very young most likely between the ages of 12 and 15
and she was not expecting anything so life changing to happen to her. I often call it a life altering moment.
In Luke 1:28 The angel Gabriel said to Mary:
“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered 
what sort of greeting this might be.
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you 
have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive
in your womb, and bear a son and you will name him Jesus. 
And he will be great, and will be called the son of the most high,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 
He will rein over the house of Jacob forever, and 
of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  
The angel said to her,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and 
the power of the most high will over shadow you:
therefore the child to be born will be holy; 
he will be called Son of God.” 
I can imagine Mary and her thoughts.
Who would she talk to, who would she tell?
What about Joseph and how is he going to deal with this?
I don’t believe we are ever told about her parents.
Not sure what happened to them and her news about a child.
We know that for her to be pregnant with a child and
to have no husband, could actually be a death sentence for her.
We also know that she knew the rules and seemed accepting of them.
I wonder what happened in her life to give her such strong ‘faith’
without fear for her life and her situation.
Then Mary said, “Here am I, a servant of the Lord,  
let it be with me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed.
On this fifth day of December, we think of Mary and her chosen role
to be ‘the Mother of Jesus’…a new little baby…the Son of God.
I wonder what she thought and how she felt when the angel departed from her, did she feel alone, overwhelmed, sad, confused or was she filled with deep peace.
There are so many things about her I wonder about, many of them
we will never know. All we know for sure is God found favor in her.
That is very commendable in fact that is why many give her honor
and praise and lift  her up highly.
Mary was chosen.
Out of everyone else God chose a little teenage girl.
To be a very important part of the ‘Nativity story.’