Mary: December 16
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“Mary: December 16,” Friend, Dec. 2015, 27

The Road to Bethlehem

Mary: December 16

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary” (Luke 1:26–27).

Mary was a righteous young woman who lived long ago in a city called Nazareth. She was preparing to marry a good man named Joseph when, one day, the angel Gabriel appeared to her. The angel told Mary that she was blessed and highly favored of God. Then he told her that a wonderful thing would happen—she would have a baby who would be the Son of God! Mary was confused, but the angel told her to not fear and to have faith.

Mary had faith. She believed the angel, and she believed in God. Her baby would be named Jesus.

Friend Magazine, 2015/12 Dec