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Mary, you have found favor 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.(Luke 1:26-38, NIV)

It would not be an inaccurate assessment to label me as a “Jesus Freak” because I am and quite proud to be one.  Love cannot remotely express the feeling that is conjured when I think of Him.  I worship Him unapologetically and without reservation.  However, a very close second in my book to my Lord and Savior is His mother – Mary.

Admittedly, I never thought much about Mary until I became a mother myself.  It was then that I really started to digest the emotions she must have felt as she watched her son become a controversial teacher and later, abused and mistreated by the very people He was sent to love and serve.  A few days ago, my kindergarten student came home and shared a story about two little girls who hurt her feelings.  Immediately, I became a “mother bear,” ready to fiercely protect her cub while thinking not such kind thoughts about her offenders.  Though Mary’s faith in God was steadfast, I can’t help but think she must have felt these wounds strike her own heart with a piercing intensity.

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