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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 5:44 pm

 The Messenger. 12.18.08

Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association

Many of you have heard the song, “Mary, Did You Know?” This song tells the story that all Christians cherish in their hearts. Mary couldn’t possibly have grasped the concept of delivering the Child who would become the Savior of the world. But, she trusted God.

We know the story.

The angel Gabriel came to Mary and said, “Greetings, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you. And the angel continued to say, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for 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 of Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:30-32a).

Mary was greatly troubled because, being a virgin, she didn’t know how this could be possible. The angel Gabriel assured her, “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.” (Luke 1:35) 

Mary responded to the angel Gabriel, ‘I am the Lord’s servant … may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) 

What maturity beyond her years, faith and trust Mary showed in her creator, God.

Mary’s faith and total dependence on God should be a shining example for us during our every day lives and especially during the trying times we are facing in our world. Let us give thanks to God for Mary and the other “cloud of witnesses” we read of in His Word, who came before us, as we near the time of the celebration of Christmas day.

Though we don’t know the exact date of the birth of Christ, this is the season we celebrate Christmas as God’s greatest gift to mankind. Because of the significance of our Savior’s birth, it is more than just another holiday to Christians. He represents life and our hope for eternity. 

That is why we say “Merry Christmas” to you all because we have the opportunity to personally know and to worship the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Savior of the world.

 

Rev. Judd Mowery

Troy/Sanders Chapel United Methodist churches

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