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Eva Burkholder
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The mystery surrounding Jesus' birth was ever present. Nazareth was a small town and news traveled fast. A rushed engagement brought sideways glances, smirks and wagging tongues. The words of the neighbors hurt deeply and Mary was grossly misunderstood.

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Misunderstood
Mary was carrying the Messiah in her womb! She was going to be a mother and not just any mother — the mother of the Savior. At first Joseph was skeptical and planned to divorce her, but then God sent him a special message and he obeyed. He believed her and ...

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From the onset, Mary's favor and blessing were mixed with a pierced soul. She was all set to marry Joseph and raise a normal Jewish family in Nazareth. She expected to follow in her mother's footsteps. But all that changed in an instant. He life was upended.

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Upended
The saying goes:  The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry  (from  To a Mouse  by Robert Burns). Or to quote the true source:  Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.  Proverbs 19:21 From the onset, Mary'...

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Starting the third and final part of my study of Mary - The Pierced One.

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Pierced One
When I was 15, I got my ears pierced. While never strictly forbidden, ear piercing was silently frowned upon in my family. After all, if God had meant me to have holes in my ears, I would have been born with them! But I had always been fascinated by the big...

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One day when Jesus was teaching, an unnamed woman spoke up and blessed his mother, Mary. She was so impressed by Jesus' ability to answer and refute the religious leaders that she wanted to compliment her.

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Blessed to Obey
Last Christmas, I had the privilege of watching my son perform at the Lancaster Bible College concert. I so enjoyed his enthusiasm, the way he sang so heartily and paid full attention to the director. Not only was he in the choir, but he also played bells a...

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Mary would not have qualified by Jewish standards to be The Blessed Mother. The Jews of Jesus's day had very strict criteria for the blessed.

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Blessed to be in the Kingdom
Mary would not have qualified by Jewish standards to be The Blessed Mother . The Jews of Jesus's day had very strict criteria for the blessed. They had to be Jewish, male, religious, healthy and wealthy. If you were sick or poor or female, well, your bad! G...
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