Spiritual Practice


Kate Elise Gutierrez

The girl was expecting a baby and starting to show. People were beginning to talk—and not the good kind of talk. Friends and family were not checking their calendars and setting a date for a baby shower. They were whispering, gossiping, pointing, staring. She never asked for this to happen, but it did; and she accepted it.

She knew that keeping the baby would change not only her life but also the lives of people around her. The morning sickness, swollen ankles, and backaches were nothing compared to the knowledge that in nine months, her precious baby would be born.

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.
Psalm 127:3 (GNT)

Every night, when she went to bed, she rubbed her belly and sang softly to her baby, loving him, reveling in anticipation. She didn’t wonder what her baby would be when he grew up. He would not be a cancer-curing doctor or a famous human rights attorney, but something greater: a miracle worker. Let people talk! Mary thought. The baby inside her was Jesus Christ, the savior of the world.


THINK ABOUT IT: Prayerfully read Luke 1:26–38. Why would God choose Mary, a young unmarried teenager, to be the mother of Jesus? What do you suppose enabled Mary to say yes to this awesome responsibility?

—from devozine (May/June 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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