Another enlightening and encouraging post by Lynne Hartke in WordServe Water Cooler. Thank you, Lynne.
“The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us….” John 1:14. (NIV)
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was called to carry the Word Made Flesh. Saying “yes” to that plan involved a huge surrender on Mary’s part. Obedience brought her under scrutiny and censure, not only in the public eye, but also–initially–with Joseph, whose opinion she must have valued.
“Don’t be afraid,” the angel told her, which was saying, in essence, “You are about to be shunned and ostracized in your hometown because you are going to get pregnant with God’s son and although you have never been touched by any man, nobody is going to believe your story and they are going to whisper and point at you when you walk by and call you harlot and whore and turn their backs when you enter a room.”
Sometimes the hardest part of being a Word carrier is believing the…
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