My daughter looked up from what she was writing and asked ‘do you think Mary cried when there was no room at the inn?’ After we had talked about it I took this photo of what she had drawn and written. Click on the image and it will open full screen and then you will see the tear that my daughter drew running down Mary’s face..
At the bottom of the page it says ‘Mary felt sad’ and I would think this is a huge understatement.
Throughout what reads like a very traumatic experience, Mary seems to have clung to her faith in God. Instead of complaining to God that he was putting her through too much suffering she seems to have just got on with it.
When the baby was born they named him Jesus (means saviour) as the angel had told them to. Joseph and Mary stuck with God’s plan rather than calling the baby whatever the Hebrew word for ‘you would have thought that God could have given me a better room to give birth in’.
How do we cope in difficult times? Do we cling to and trust in God or do we turn our back on him? I hope and pray that we can be inspired by Mary to let God lead us in life even in the difficult times.
If you would like to think some more about the struggles and difficulties that Mary and Joseph faced, then you can read Were Mary and Joseph disappointed with God?