This year my thoughts have been really drawn to Mary (probably because I'm 9 months pregnant & am anticipating the birth of my 1st son, so I feel like I can relate to her in some degree)! I've been pondering over everything that she went through & am SO inspired by her... I am amazed that she traveled so far on a donkey & then delivered in a stable (I can't even imagine how uncomfortable she must have been); besides already having the overwhelming knowledge that she was carrying the Only Begotten of the Father! What a strong woman she must have been! We watched the church video "Joy to the World" for Christmas eve & my heart was full when it showed the scene of Mary admiring the newly born Jesus- What a beautiful gift!! I hope all of you felt the love, joy, and inspiration of this wonderful season & have had the chance to reflect on the beautiful story that is depicted in the nativity!
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