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Mary’s Christmas Concession

While some choose to worship her
I like honoring her role.
But whichever picture we might paint
Her Christmas story should be told.
Just an ordinary peasant girl…
Young, pretty, and engaged…
Whose life was interrupted
When the Lord God had her paged.
Encountered by an Angel,
Who informed her of God’s plan,
Said she was chosen for a part
 To assist God become man.
Yet, consider for a moment,
The eyebrows this must have raised!
Some questioned her virginity!
Had her character appraised!
 And even her intended
Considered putting her away,
Until the Angel of the Lord
Had his explanatory say.
Her Son viewed illegitimate
Must have surely hurt her heart.
Yet reflecting on the Angel’s words
She went on to play her part.
I’m not sure she understood
Everything her role entailed.
She pondered statements secretly,
Like the one Simeon unveiled.
And a sword did plunge into her soul
When her Son was crucified.
It was only in the Upper Room
She understood just why He died.
She’s so much a part of Christmas…
Lovely Mary, meek and mild…
Assisting with God’s greatest gift…
Bringing forth the Christmas Child.
Doris Jacobs-Covington
Christmas 2012
~~Dedicated to Shirley and Chuck~~ 

Luke 1:38-38
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said,
'Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.'
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting
this might be. But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary,
you have found favour with God.
You will be with child and give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign
over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.'

'How will this be,' Mary asked the angel, 'since I am a virgin?'
The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power
of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called
the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child
in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is
in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.'
'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May it be to me as you have said.' Then the angel left her.

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be
married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child
through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man
and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream
and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,
because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth
to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.'
All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin
will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' - which means, 'God with us.'
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth
to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Luke 2:31-38
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus,
the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. When the time
of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary
took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord,
'Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord'), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping
with what is said in the Law of the Lord: 'a pair of doves or two young pigeons.'
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.
He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him
. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen
the Lord's Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents
brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon
took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 'Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation
to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.'
The child's father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them
and said to 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.'
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old
; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow
until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.




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