"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for him in the inn" (Luke 2: 6-7).
This picture hangs in my bedroom. It is my favorite portrayal of Mary, the mortal mother of Jesus. I have often studied it and pondered about Mary. What was she like? How did she feel about her great responsibility--being mother to the Savior of the world? Was she afraid? Did she ever think "I'm not the woman for this job"?
Even though she was only a young woman, in complete obedience she humbly accepted the opportunity of motherhood, stating to her angel visitor "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word"(Luke 1:38).
Like any mother, I imagine she treasured each moment with her son. She held her baby and sang to him and loved him. As he grew, I'm sure she had many moments on her knees, praying for guidance as she nurtured her son.
"But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).
"And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God" (Alma 7:10).
During this wonderful season, may we also honor Mary, an exemplary woman who nobly fulfilled her role as mother of the Savior of the world.