Our international theme
for Women's Ministries in 2016 was 'Joyfully His'. A great example of this
theme is evident in the Christmas story as we reflect on Mary. The realisation
that God bestowed the privilege of bearing his own son to an ordinary peasant
girl continues to have a strong impact on my faith and my joy. While it is very
moving and inspiring that God chose a young ordinary servant girl to
become the mother of Jesus, we need to note that God's request to Mary and her
response is much more than ordinary. It was extraordinary! The reason -
Mary was ‘Joyfully His'!
Mary's reaction to
Gabriel's words was fear and confusion. Gabriel settle her spirit with the
words, 'Do not be afraid Mary. You
have found favour with God.' We cannot deny the fact that Mary responded
with extraordinary obedience when she answered 'I am the Lord's servant ... May it be to me as you have said' (Luke
1: 38). Mary was willing to obey in spite of what others would say and think.
Whatever God wanted of her, she acknowledged as being the best.
In spite of the
unknown, Mary has an extraordinary trust in the God she loved and served
even though she could not see the big picture of her life or the life of her
son, Jesus, who was to be the Saviour of the world. She took great
encouragement in the promise 'For
nothing is impossible with God' (Luke 1:37). Mary was willing to
trust in spite of the challenges and circumstances of the journey ahead,
because God would make the impossible, possible.
Mary praises God
with her whole being and her joy was holy, deep and divine. This extraordinary
joy filled her soul and made her spirit sing. 'My
soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour ... for the
Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is his name' (Luke 1:46,49).
This Christmas I
celebrate Mary's faithfulness and courage for she played such a significant
part in God's plan of salvation. Jesus came to be the Saviour of the world. He
came to be our personal Saviour. May we
each this Christmas give him the gifts of extraordinary obedience,
extraordinary trust and extraordinary joy and may our lives become a symphony
of praise to Jesus as we celebrate his birth. May Jesus always be your joy,
hope and song!
joins me in wishing you a joy filled Christmas and God blessed New Year!
World Secretary for
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March 3, 2017 is the next World Day of Prayer prepared by women of The Philippines with the theme, "Am I Being Unfair to You?"
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