Posted by: Nancy Day-Achauer | December 20, 2009

Mary was a Risk Taker

     Today I preached on Mary, both the annunciation and her song of praise. Mary’s story is so familiar we tend to gloss over it. When we think of Mary at this stage of the game we tend to think warm fuzzy thoughts about how special she was and we marvel at her eloquent response to the whole virgin birth of God’s son endeavor. Yeah, it’s a great story of obedience and trust but I propose that we focus on the “other side” of Mary – that girl was a risk taker.

     Mary risked a lot to be obedient. She risked death (women frequently died in childbirth back then). She risked being shunned by her family and community. She risked her entire future when she chose to be obedient. Mary was a risk taker for God. She had to be tough too. She had to give her family and Joseph the unbelievable news about her pregnancy – that had to be a difficult conversation. And it doesn’t stop there, you can be certain people were gossiping about Mary the whole time she was pregnant and it’s a safe bet that people speculated about Jesus’ parentage for years. A young girl had to be tough to withstand such talk.

     Whenever I think of Mary, I don’t think about her eloquent words in the first chapter of Luke and I don’t imagine her as being passively obedient either. I think about how tough and courageous she was. Yes, Mary was obedient and trusted God but doing that takes guts. I wish I had the guts of the Virgin Mary.

     Mary had the guts to take a big risk, a risk most of us wouldn’t take. Most of us will never encounter that level of risk but we do encounter little risks all the time. Right now each of us has a risk before us – we can share Jesus Christ with someone. It’s risky because it might be awkward for us and the person might rebuff us but heck, it’s a lot easier than virgin birth! This week, take a little risk for Christ and invite someone to attend Christmas Eve worship with you. It’s a little risk with the potential of a great reward – the person you invite may find Christ that day and that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Peace be with you as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Now go out there and take a risk for Christ!



  1. Thanks and God Bless

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