Mary could have reacted with fear many times—the startling message of Angel Gabriel, no vacancy in the inn, Simeon’s predictions of swords piercing her heart, a caravan of camels and kings, a flight to a foreign country—all within a couple years and while she was still a teenager! Though her heart was racing, Mary reacted with the fullness of grace she possessed. Mary treasured what she heard and experienced and reflected on these things.

There will be plenty of challenging times in this new year. How will we react? Will we pause for prayer? Will we try to respond in gentle, kind ways in difficulties? Ask Mary today to help you throughout the year to treasure and reflect.

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