It wasn’t the actual birth of Jesus that changed Mary’s life, but the job that came after that. When she began to care for that infant, she became somewhat like a child herself. She grew comfortable with the low places that the world rejected. When Jesus expressed his needs to Mary, she became vulnerable once again. She began to live close to the ground, weeding out what wasn’t important in life and then focusing on what was vital. Talk about things turning upside down! Rather than everything being about her, she had to surrender her priorities and goals and trust her faith in God.
Jesus’ birth wasn’t what saved us. It was what came after that changed lives. Mary’s significant song spoke of the upheaval that the Messiah would bring. Those who would be saved must believe that the way things are today must now be changed forever. Not only are we prized by God, we are also used by God to vanquish the foes of despair and fear. Such incredible joy. Let me say again, “Merry Christmas!”