Dawn was just about breaking. From a distance Mary could hear an early-bird rooster crowing. Now everyone was asleep – the baby and the animals, and Joseph, who sat leaning against the wall, was nodding too. The shepherds had left and Mary had a little quiet time to reflect on the past twenty-four hours. She wanted to sort out all the things that had been happening.
Oh, what a surprise when the group of shepherds had shown up at the stable. Mary said, ”I will never forget how excited they were, and I was excited also when I heard them tell of the sky full of angels that had visited them, and the Glory that shone round about them. The shepherds described the beautiful music of the angels’ chorus, with hundreds, or thousands, of angels singing, “Glory to God in the Highest”. Mary closed her eyes to imagine this event. “I wish I had been there. I don’t believe this earth has ever heard anything as magnificent. That was about the time I was giving birth to my baby.”
The angel told the shepherds “Unto YOU is born a Savior” and the shepherds believed He was born for them so they came to the stable where they worshiped Him and rejoiced.
“This was hard for me to understand,” said Mary. “ If my baby was born for the Shepherds and the whole world this would mean that I will have to share Him. Almighty God, is this the way you planned it?”
“We are calling our baby Jesus, the name instructed by the angel, but I remember so well the rest of the sentence…..” for He shall save His people from their sins.” Oh, God, this seems to be such a big undertaking for a little baby!
But I know Your ways are best, and I’ll be content to leave this up to You. I also know that the prophet said our baby shall be called Emmanuel. How blessed is that? It is with awe I call Him Emmanuel – God With Us.
“Almighty God, one thing I know – a baby needs a Mother, and I am honored that You chose me. I love this Christ Child very much and He has already brought me joy. Dear God, I am young and I ask for Your wisdom to make me a good Mother for this holy Child of Yours.”
by Doris Stensland, December 2010