“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” – Luke 1:30
Mary, nearing the end of the exhausting physical journey, is also near her delivery time. She must be concerned about what will happen next. How are she and Joseph to raise this Child as part of God’s plan? Do they have the necessary skills and resources? As she looks around at those traveling with her, she must have concerns about their reaction to the One who is about to be born. Humanly speaking, she has many reasons to fear the future.
In prayer, let us consider how we might have reacted had we lived in Mary’s world, we who were expecting a new King David. Would we have been disappointed or excited to have bypassed Jerusalem and to be heading for Bethlehem?