Dec 10

BECOMING LIKE MARY: Part 12

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This month we look at two more lessons about what we can learn from the character and circumstances of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Here is last month’s post.

I Worry Over Others

Imagine the responsibility. An angel tells you that you will bear the Messiah. Not only do you have to give birth to a healthy boy, you have to raise him properly, teach him well, make sure he stays healthy to adulthood all while remembering prophecy from Simeon who told Mary, his mother:

“This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too”  (Luke 2:34-35).

Mary worried over Jesus when she and Joseph left Jerusalem and discovered Jesus had stayed back at the temple.

She worried over Jesus during His ministry, going with his brothers at least once to speak with him (Luke 8:19)

Certainly she worried about Jesus’ persecution, His trial, His crucifixion, His death. But ultimately and through it all, she knew that Jesus belonged to God the Father, more than He belonged to her. She knew that the Father’s plan for Jesus would be accomplished, no matter how much worrying she did personally.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Who do you worry over? How might you relinquish that person into God’s care?


I Protect My Family

When Jesus was still young, Mary and Joseph took Jesus and moved to Egypt, safe from the reach of King Herod who sought to kill Jesus.

Good parents do whatever they can to protect their family. So does God do what He can to protect His family—us who believe in Jesus.

The best thing God the Father did to protect us was to send Jesus to die for us; to take the punishment for our sins so that we might be protected eternally. By extension, the one most important thing we can do to protect our families is to tell them about Jesus, so that they might also accept His free gift of salvation and be saved.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Who do you know who needs to hear about  salvation through Jesus?

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Interested in studying Mary in more depth? Please look into my meditative Bible study I am Mary, part of my ongoing series—With Faith Like Hers—of women whose lives are preserved in Scripture. (Scroll down the right side of this page for the other books in this series.)

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I am Mary is available in both print and Kindle formats and works well either as an individual daily devotional or a weekly group study.

Dec 03

THE MIRACLE OF HANUKKAH

 

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Today is the first full day of Hanukkah. The origin of this Jewish holy time is recorded in the Book of the Maccabees. Although not part of the traditional books of the Bible, the Book of the Maccabees is contained in the Apocrypha—additional books that didn’t make it into the official canon of the Bible but are important enough to be part of the physical structure of many Christian Holy Bibles.

Hanukkah celebrates a miracle.

The Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated by the priestly line of the Maccabees in 165 bc after it had been desecrated by the Syrians. The priests however found only a single jar of holy oil that had survived. That one jar of oil would have lasted only a single night to keep the Holy of Holies lit. The priests immediately began the process of purifying more oil, but that process took eight days to complete. In faith, they began the process. Meanwhile, that single jar of oil lasted eight days—until the new oil was made holy.

It’s another one of those ways in which God provided manna—exactly what was needed, when it was needed and for how long.

You’ll start seeing candles on menorahs being lit —one candle more each night for 8 nights. If you didn’t know why they were being lit, now you do. Jewish culture and history is part of the Judeo-Christian faith. Which is my faith. As it was Jesus’.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Manna from heaven comes in many forms. How might thinking about the miracle of Hanukkah help you view manna differently?

Nov 26

STILL THANKFUL

 

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No post today. Just time to keep focusing on gratitude after last week’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Hope you are doing the same.

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