Sunday, November 18, 2007

Like Mary. . . A Christmas Blessing

Tracy, Cheri (her mom), and Kelly (her sister)

Tracy's baby is due on December 25, 2007. At her baby shower today, I wanted to remind her that a Christmas baby is a blessing. In a new unique way, she can relate to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Here is my outline and introduction for the devotional.

Tracy, you are blessed. You will have a baby around the time that we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This special time of year will always be even more special now. You can relate to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Like Mary
You are chosen.
(Luke 2:28 and 1 Thessalonians 1:4)

Like Mary
You may be afraid. (Luke 1:29 & 30)

Like Mary
You are with child and will give birth to a son. (Unfortunately, the comparison between your son and the Son of Mary ends here. Your son will not be sinless although it will seem that way at first.)
(Luke 1:31)

Like Mary
You will have support. (Luke 1:39-45, 56)

Like Mary
You won’t get all of the answers. (Luke 2:50)

Like Mary
You are equipped.
(Luke 2:7, 2 Timothy 3: 14-17)

Like Mary
You will love your baby.

Like Mary
You will treasure special moments. (Luke 2:19)

Like Mary
Sometimes you will be proud.
Sometimes you will be disappointed.
Sometimes you will make mistakes.
Sometimes you will feel inadequate.
(Luke 2: 41-52 and Matthew 12:46-50)

Like Mary
Your Lord will provide for you.
(John 19:26, Philippians 4:19, James 1:5)

God be with you, Tracy (and Gus).
A Christmas baby is a blessing!

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