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Dec 18

The Mother

Scripture Reading
Luke 1:46-55

Devotion
Sometimes we get uncomfortable with the phrase “mother of God.” But Mary was a real human biological mother to Jesus who was the real God/man, 100% God and 100% man.
Mary is blessed! She had the privilege of bringing our Lord into the world. Mary recognizes the magnitude of what she is about to do, but she sees her position also, as a sinner in need of a Savior. She rejoices in her Savior! Mary exalts the Lord for fulfilling his promises. We, too, need to rejoice in the Savior that God has brought us. Mary could have done a lot of things at this point in her life. She could have whined. She could have complained. She could have worried about all the troubles she was going to endure, but instead, she rejoiced. Ecclesiastes 3:4 reminds us that there is a time and season for everything. Mary knew that this was a time to rejoice!
Let’s spread joy this Christmas. Our Savior is born!

Questions
• What are things we can rejoice about this week?
• Have there been times to mourn lately?
• How does God see us through the hard times?

Prayer
Dear Lord, Help me have an attitude of joy as I go about this Christmas season. Amen.

Carol
“Gentle Mary Laid Her Head”

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