Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Hi there, my name is Abigail and I listen to Christmas music way too early. I know this about myself and am accepting of it. I'm one of those who begins to get excited about Christmas music and all the holiday things around July. I keep it contained to just myself in the car or office until about October, and on November 1st all bets are off. There will be Christmas shirts worn, hot chocolate enjoyed, despite the South Texas weather, and Christmas music playing non-stop.
When I was a child, holidays were magical and now that I'm grown I see that, for me, the holiday magic began and ended with my mother. She made everything magical and special and wonderful. Now that I'm a mother myself, I see the sacrifice, love and work it is to create magical moments for your children and family.
As a child, the birth of Jesus and the story of His life were always forefront and center in the Christmas celebrations for our family; but as I've grown, those thoughts around Jesus and His birth have grown with me. And now, as a mother, I'm often drawn to thoughts of Mary and all the things that "magical" Christmas held for her. What she must have felt when the angel appeared and told her of the child she carried, the Son Of God, Jesus.
What courage and faith it must've taken to say yes to that. Because you see, God doesn't force his will upon us, we always have a choice. This upcoming holiday season, when so many are unsure of so much, may we all take some time listening for that choice. Listening for the pull toward something God might have us do in the lives of our fellow man. May we all be willing to say yes.
Love and Blessings,