Devotional – Ease and Quiet

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller [1919-1985]
American Writer, Model of Disabled Achievement

“She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; He will rule Jacob’s house forever— no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

Surprise is putting it mildly.  Sarah got that kind of surprise and she laughed out loud.  Mary did not laugh, she was afraid.  There would be nothing private about this, though the announcement was, by all accounts.  It is scary enough to be pregnant, with friends and relations thinking you NEED to hear every story they had, every turn on the journey.  And in the culture that Mary was a part of, shame would be shared.

God prepared Joseph, it seems the rabbi also let his heart not be too troubled. Mary and Helen Keller had something in common with regard to trial and suffering, yet each woman took a very different path.  They both shared a love of Jesus, they both lived as models for others.  Both stand … still … as examples for us.

May you be encouraged on your path, no matter what you are pregnant with! Song, joy, a child, a mission.  May you also be encouraged by knowing that my little friend that is ten years old?  He told me that he is happier.  His mom came to see me yesterday and let me that my friend Mary Jean and I are making a difference in his life.  But we know better.  We know that we have praying friends and we know just in whom they believe.

Because of Him
Linda (who apparently CAN spell her name wrong.)


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