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Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
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We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Seasonal Thought

I'm going to divert a bit from the series I started a few months ago for this very special and blessed of all seasons.  Yes, we know the story of Mary, Jesus' Mom. But...have you ever thought about her story in this way? The Bible is very clear on what exactly took place with Mary, when she was visited by an Angel and told about what was going to take place in her life. I think if you are like me, you have heard the story for so long, that you may not really "hear" it anymore. I would invite you to take another look at that happening, so many years ago, with the following in mind.
The proclamation of the Angel was earthshaking, because of the miracle it was, yes, but in the most practical of ways, for the significance it brought to a very humble, "not so special" young woman who was bound and lived in the depths of the Jewish culture of the time. This proclamation would thrust Mary, and her betrothed, into a very precarious and even life threatening situation in very real terms. Mary was supposed to be a virgin. In that culture, of that time, the law of Israel demanded that a woman who became pregnant with a child outside of marriage should be put to death....meaning being stoned to death - a hideous and slow way to die...but the laxness of the time gave the betrothed man 2 other options; one was to charge her with adultery and forever ruin her reputation, the other was to write her a bill of divorce and end their relationship....so that was what Joseph decided - until he himself had a little visit from an Angel that changed the course of what he would do - but that is another story. The thing I would like us to focus on is Mary's response to the enormity of the situation that she was just given. Are you ready?


Completecalm, obedience.

She was totally and completely given over to being the servant of God, and what He had just told her was to take place. WOW...I don't know about you, but that is HUGE for me. I am a planner, a "get it done" gal, and someone who researches, double checks, and strategizes. You don't get any of that in the Bible story of Mary finding out about a child she did not plan for in the way that was just told to her. Amazing.
My Mom gave me this short devotion years ago along the way in my journey with my son...and I found this especially perfect at this time of year.

"Maybe God chose Mary because He knew she would be the one to fortify herself, to be embroiled in inner turmoil for the sake of this special child. It wasn't easy raising the Son of God. And Mary was the one who would sit at his bedside at night and look at this one who didn't look like a king and wonder, "What am I supposed to do?" "
I think we all have sat at the bedside of our own very special child and thought exactly that. Well, then, take heart...you are in very good company.
The Lord has blessed you and is with you. Don't be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace. Luke 1:28,30
 
Christmas Blessings, Julie