Mary, the mother of Jesus, is my favourite female historical figure. Of. All. Time. We haven’t been given too many details about Mary and her life, but when we study the information we do have, we learn what an incredible woman/wife/mother she was. What an incredible, strong, valiant young woman she must have been.
Several years ago I began a study of the life of Mary in earnest. I read every scripture I could find that related to her, and also found articles and books to research. As a mother of four, I think I can relate to her as to how she might have felt becoming a mother. As a daughter of God, I also began to realize the faith and strength she exhibited to undertake such a monumental request from her Father, to carry, give birth to, and care for the Son of God. I simply love Mary. She was a very young woman when approached by the Angel Gabriel. I love that she agreed to become the mother of Jesus – to serve her Lord in this way.
One of my favourite scriptures is a proclamation Mary made to her sweet older cousin Elizabeth when speaking to her about her experience of carrying the Son of God. Luke 1: 46, 47. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. I’m sure any young unmarried girl would be very worried to be “with child”. During that time in history, a pregnant, unwed girl could be stoned to death for finding herself in this situation. Mary was in her early stages of pregnancy when she went to spend three months with Elizabeth. Elizabeth was also pregnant at this time in another miraculous fashion and they were to be a support to one another. This scripture helps me to understand that Mary had joy in fulfilling her divine role, even amidst the worry and hardship. She had remarkable faith. The kind of faith that helped her to know she would see miracles to help her through the difficult times ahead. The kind of faith that I want to have.
We know that Joseph was a kind man, and he also received a witness that the child Mary was carrying would be the Son of God. I also love Joseph. How he cared for and protected Mary and Jesus. I often wonder how he felt and what was in his heart.
When I began to create the song “MY LITTLE KING”, it was with the intent to try to imagine how Mary must have felt. I personally believe she knew more about her role and mission than we are given in the scriptures. I also believe she learned line upon line, as each situation arose. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to give birth in a stable, surrounded by animals. I almost weep when I think about it. This became a sacred stable – I believe she must have been strengthened or administered to by angels and she did see the beauty surrounding her.
I remember when I gave birth the first time. I remember feeling that it was such a miracle. The only way I had to describe it was, heaven met earth in that moment. I can’t imagine how Mary must have felt looking down at this new, sweet baby boy, and the awesome responsibility that came with this birth. Knowing that she was His mother. Knowing she was the one chosen to feed Him. Care for Him. Watch over Him. Teach him. Love Him.
Mary was there for Jesus His entire life. I know she was witness to many personal miracles, but we don’t know the information she was given, as it was kept sacred. Angels appeared to Mary and Joseph. Angels appeared to the shepherds at His birth and then they made their way to see the Babe. We read In Luke 2: 19 – But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. I don’t know if Mary new the end from the beginning. I don’t know if she knew one day her little King would be sacrificed to the world. I do know that she was there with him at the end when he was being ridiculed, mocked, spit upon and tortured. He gave His life for us. She gave us her little King. I love this woman, Mary, mother of Jesus.