Learning from Mary
A Blog on Advent by Samuel Ekpo
Advent is a time of the liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a period of anticipation and preparation for both the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the second coming.
Based on Luke 1:26-38
There were other girls in her community, but God chose Mary, as we see from verse 26
How did Mary feel?
Mary was waiting for a Messiah long before the annunciation. But after the angel visited her she actually carried Jesus in her womb for nine months. That’s hard to imagine. Ask any first-time mother what those nine months are like and they’ll tell you it’s scary. Yes there is excitement, but there are also anxieties and an almost unbearable anticipation of an uncertain future. You wait and you wait for someone you can’t see but you know is there. And yet this waiting is not idle; there is a lot to be done.
Knowing what Mary was feeling in the weeks before giving birth to Jesus is difficult – the Bible doesn’t say much about it. You may wonder: was it difficult for Mary to be away from her family and her mother during this time? Even though Jesus’ conception was miraculous, what was Mary feeling when he was born? Did she know what was going to happen? Was she ready for it? Did she think she would be a good mother? Was she fearful? Did she really completely trust the will of God?
Knowing what we do know about Mary, the annunciation and Jesus’ conception, she did put her trust in God, just as she had done nine months prior. There are lots of lessons to be learned from Mary’s awaiting Jesus and his arrival. Mary is a great example of faith and joy for us all the time, but especially during Advent.
Samuel Ekpo is Relationship Manager for Migrant and International Churches
This Advent blog is based on Bible Basics