My Dear Child,
No matter what yo are going through today, please consider this: Many of my children have experienced loneliness and rejection.
Though my human mother, Mary, is held in a place of esteem by you, things were not easy for her. She was frightened when the angel, Gabriel, came and gave her the news that she had been chosen to be my mother. Yet she responded by accepting it as the will of my Father – a great honor for a humble maiden such as she was.
But saying yes to God plunged her into a dark time of loneliness and hurt. No one believed her when she told them about the angel’s message. Her family, friends and even her fiance, Joseph, believed she had been promiscuous.
In his hurt over her supposed unfaithfulness, he made up his mind to break up with her. Still he was compassionate and decided to do it privately rather than putting her to shame with a public trial. At the very least she would be shunned for her shameful behavior, forced to live alone and be considered unmarriageable. Or she could face the worst possible punishment if the elders chose to make her a public example – death by stoning.
Feeling the sting of being ostracized by her family and the pain of rejection from Joseph, she went to stay with her cousin, Elizabeth, who was also with child. But Elizabeth’s reaction to the young woman’s pregnancy surprised Mary, because her cousin affirmed the truth of it!
Elizabeth gave her the support she needed during the crucial early months of her pregnancy. And by the time she returned home, Joseph’s heart had been changed toward her because of a direct message from my Father in a dream.
I will never leave you totally alone to face life’s difficulties on your own. I will bring others along side you to help, comfort, guide and encourage you. I will be there too, living inside you as our relationship grows each day.
Take time to magnify me because I am working in your life for your benefit and spiritual growth. I love you and I have a plan for you – far greater than anything you can imagine.
Matthew 1, Luke 1-2