Mary, Favored by God…

The angel said Mary was favored by God to be the mother of the Christ child, Jesus, the Son of God.

What must Mary have thought when she gave birth to Jesus in a stable, in Bethlehem, on hay, not in her own home, with nurses to help her. Did she question herself, her God, her faithful husband Joseph? If I were Mary, I’d have been dismayed.

Perhaps she was distressed, or maybe, because she was highly favored by God, because she was Mary, chosen by God for this purpose, possibly she trusted in God without fear.

Luke 2:19 says that when the shepherds came to visit the baby in Bethlehem, …Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

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Luke 1:26-38 (The Bible)

26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

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About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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21 Responses to Mary, Favored by God…

  1. Cindy Holman says:

    Some of my favorite scripture!

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  2. duke1959 says:

    What beautiful stuff!

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  3. I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to ponder all the scriptures you have been providing. I also loved the December 2nd poem… the reassurance of rest when we come to Him isn’t new, and yet it IS new, every day.

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  4. trisha says:

    What would have been her state of mind? I too am wondering now after reading your post.

    As she was in direct contact with God’s son inside her she might have felt God’s blessed presence in her all the time, and that must have made her feel blessed and happy.

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  5. What amazing things the angel told her, this young girl in a small town. And to hear that God had favour on her. Words to stun.
    Thanks for inviting us to see things from Mary’s point of view.

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  6. lbdiamond says:

    Luke’s gospel is my favorite. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Mary.

    Charlie Brown Christmas quotes Luke’s gospel too…it’s my favorite holiday cartoon. (I own the soundtrack too, LOL!)

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    • I wonder, too, how Mary felt when the wonderful blessing brought with it so many problems for her, starting with telling Joseph. Luke’s gospel tells about the angel coming to Mary. Matthew tells about the angel coming in a dream to Joseph. I, too, love the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments. I like Charlie Brown, too. Blessings…

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  7. suzicate says:

    Did you ever see the movie (I think) “nativity” when it came out maybe three or four years ago? I really liked it. Nice post. Blessings to you and yours. May you enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.

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    • No, I don’t think I saw “Nativity”. Was it on TV or at the theater? I did see the one that was called “The Passion of Jesus”. I think that was the title. It was about the crucifixion. Thank you for stopping by and for you comments. I appreciate it. Blessings to you and your family, too.

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  8. Chloe says:

    As well as your words and the scripture you have quoted, the image you have used at the top of your post is simply stunning. It reminds me of a place I once saw in Portugal. Thanks for sharing! xx

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    • I have a real challenge to find photos for my posts. Thank you for your encouragement. I thought it had the rustic look that a stable inside the town of Bethlehem might have had. If nothing else, it lacks the look of luxury. Blessings to you…

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  9. Laura Best says:

    I just read this one (Luke 1:26-38) at out Lessons and Carols service this past Sunday 🙂

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Laura, and for your comment. This is one of the favorite scriptures during the Christmas season. It’s straightforward, precise, and brief in its delivery, yet, never has such a story been told, before or since, that had as much impact as these verses. Have a blessed Christmas season…

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