Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 3, 2016

Parents

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:38 am

Luke 1:31 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. (NIV)

Let us think about Mary’s parents.  As parents, we know the shock we would feel if our teenage daughter would tell us she’s pregnant.  We would be filled with a mixture of emotions.  We would feel shame, embarrassment, anger and concern.  Even though the angel told Mary of her cousin, Elizabeth’s, pregnancy, I’m sure her parents encouraged her to leave time and go to Elizabeth.  They needed time to think about what to do.  They knew the penalty was to stone their daughter to death but they loved their daughter.  Imagine their anguish.  It was hard to believe what Mary was telling them about the angelic visit.  It was hard to believe she was still a virgin.  They were probably very concerned about Joseph’s reaction when he found out.  With all those emotions, they helped their daughter prepare for the trip to her cousin’s.  We don’t know what the final outcome was with Mary’s relationship with her parents.  We do know how we respond to the various problems and situations our teens bring to us.  Let us learn to pray and not jump to judgement.  Let us support our teens the way God does, with love yet also with correction in that love and encouragement to turn to God’s way.

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