What Did Mary Worry About?
What did Mary worry about after her baby was born?
Gasp and sacrilege! How dare I entertain the idea of the mother of God worrying about the divine child entrusted to her care. Until I remember that though this baby boy was fully divine and fully human, his mother was not.
The divinity of Jesus came from the Holy Spirit who is God. The humanity of Jesus came from Mary, who was wholly human.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit didn’t have to worry–it’s a perk of being the triune God.
But Mary–she’s a different story. Especially in light of her story.
She was a first time mom. An unwed teenager.
She endured a grueling donkey ride late in her pregnancy.
She went through labor and delivery in a stable without electricity or running water.
Her baby slept in the manger where hungry animals bellied up for breakfast.
Other than those immediate, trifling matters, what did Mary worry about when they took their baby home?
Infanticide. The Magi had told Herod the Great that they were going to worship a great king born in Bethlehem in Judea. To stomp out the competition Herod the Great, ruler of Judea, ordered the slaughter of all baby boys in Bethlehem ages 2 and younger (Matthew 2:16).
Illegal immigration. God warned Joseph of what Herod was about to before it happened, so Joseph and his family fled to Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-14). The same Egypt where the Israelites had been enslaved before God appointed Moses lead them to freedom. Perhaps not a country that welcomed Jewish illegal aliens.
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Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream series for parents of kids with special needs. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. She’s also the creator and host of the Different Dream website. Sharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and at Amazon.
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