Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas! Mary has had many doubters over the centuries. People doubted her story of the visit by an angel, doubted her story on how she became pregnant, and doubted she never slept with Joseph. In ancient times, it was not unusual for a god to impregnate a woman though. That was where emperors came from. It was a choice between Julius Caesar or Jesus. Which divine birth did you believe? You needed to choose between imperial power or peasant justice for the meaning to life. The ancients had trouble believing Mary’s story because she was just an ordinary woman. She had no breeding, was plain, and was poor. Being worthy of God’s love does not mean you must be beautiful, have a certain skin tone, certain social rank, certain education, or a certain career. God needs none of that to love someone. The God we worship loved an ordinary woman. Ordinary women are blessed. They have it in them to change the world for they have God within them!