This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet he did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:18-21)
One can only begin to imagine the criticism and judgment that Mary received. The concept of a virgin birth must have been incredulous for the people around her, just as many people today can’t believe that there was a virgin birth. She was surely mocked, ridiculed and scorned. Her fiancé thought to divorce her until he himself heard from an angel. I wonder what her parents and the community thought of her. “We should consider what a great trial this was for a godly young woman like Mary, and for Joseph her betrothed. Her situation was the most distressing and humiliating that can be conceived. Nothing but the fullest consciousness of her own integrity, and the strongest confidence in God, could have supported her in such trying circumstances, where her reputation, her honour, and her life were at stake.” (Clarke). I share these thoughts because many of the women whom we serve, although they are not pregnant supernaturally by God’s Spirit, are ashamed, afraid, scorned and rejected. It is our goal to give them the HOPE and confidence in God’s goodness to continue their pregnancies. No matter what mistakes a couple has made, they never need to be so ashamed that they take the life of their baby. God will always make a way for those who trust in Him.