The Bible tells us, Mary “treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51).  These ponderings included the suffering, humiliation, and pain of her unexpected and miraculous pregnancy.  The treasure was that God was with her in her suffering.  She could deal with her pain because she knew God loved and sustained her. God was […]

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Like most people facing something unexpected and potentially tragic, Mary asked, “How can this be?” Pregnancy isn’t easy to hide, no matter how loose fitting the clothes.  Mary’s body would change and eventually she would not be able to hide her condition from her parents, family, the people of Nazareth, or her fiancé, Joseph.  Who […]

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Tragedy is an inescapable part of life.  It hits us broadside when we least expect it—an accident, diagnosis, natural disaster, health epidemic, or a scandal.  Tragedy is never a welcome visitor.  Tragedy creates turmoil.  We wonder what went wrong, what we could have done differently, how it could have been prevented.  The issue isn’t whether […]

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