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Tumbling in the Sand

Mary: The Child Bride

The texts for Sunday, December 18, 2011: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26; Romans 16:25–27; and Luke 1:26–38.

She might have been 12 or 13 or maybe 15 at the oldest.

I think it is interesting that we have all these wonderings about Mary
about the state of her virginity
about the truth of this witness
of angels and all the rest— of course, it is quite the story.

I mean, most of us have come to terms with it somehow or other:
I think that we mostly do believe that Mary was a virgin. Most of us have experienced enough mystery in our lives to recognize truth in the unexplainable…

Or if we don’t, we’ve generally found ways to believe around this story.
But none of us ever really takes this seriously: that Mary was a child.

She was not some grown woman with a choice about her future. She was not from some wealthy family where she could have even gained some kind of freedom in her life.

Featured image from TrustLaw: A Thomson Rueters Foundation Service.

Read more about Child Marriage here: http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/womens-rights/child-marriage/

Other good resources to check out:

 http://www.mijizasblog.com/2010/09/16/child-brides-of-east-and-west-africa/

http://mhkawsar.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/early-marriage-trap/

http://www.girleffect.org/

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