The Shepherds’ Confirmation to Mary and Us

“So [the shepherds] went in haste and found Mary and Joseph and the infant lying in a manger.  They made known the message that they had been told about the child.  And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”  (Luke 2:16-17, 19) 

What was it that Mary was reflecting on in her heart?   Could it have been that what the angels had told the shepherds confirmed what the angel had said to her; that the son she bore was to be the savior of the world? 

How loving and merciful of God to give Mary a confirmation of her momentous decision to say yes to his plan for her to be the mother of his Son!  

God providing confirmation of important decisions is not confined to the Holy Family, but is something available to anyone who seeks an ongoing relationship with him and asks for guidance in the decisions of life. 

Let me share a story involving my mother when I was teenage boy, growing up in Mason City, Iowa.  I was born with a deformed sternum bone that was inverted inward and had the effect of crowding my heart and lungs as I grew older.  When I was 15, it was determined that it was causing my heart to enlarge with serious consequences on my future health and life expectancy.  A thoracic surgeon in Des Moines had developed a procedure where the sternum bone would be cut from the rib cage lifted out and a bone strut placed across the ribs from one side to the other and then the sternum laid back down over the strut with everything wired back together. 

Since this was in the 1950’s and the surgery was considered unusually invasive and experimental, my parents agonized over the decision to proceed.   After seeking second opinions, deliberating extensively and praying, they decided to go forward with the surgery. 

The Sunday before we were to travel to Des Moines for the surgery, my mother was earnestly praying at mass, asking God for some kind of assurance that they were making the right decisionAs she was praying, she felt a hand on her shoulder.  It was distinctly physical.  She paused, looked behind her, but there was no one there or anywhere nearby.  She knew it was a confirmation from God of their decision to go ahead with the surgery.  Sixty-seven years later, I am still here to share the story.

“All who heard [the angels’ message] were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:18)

Has God given you a sign or assurance with a difficult decision?

7 thoughts on “The Shepherds’ Confirmation to Mary and Us

  1. Art Klaum

    Thank you, Bill, for sharing this story. I don’t think I’d heard it before.

    On Tue, Dec 28, 2021, 4:11 AM Christ In Life And Work wrote:

    > Bill Dalgetty posted: ” “So [the shepherds] went in haste and found Mary > and Joseph and the infant lying in a manger. They made known the message > that they had been told about the child. And Mary kept all these things, > reflecting on them in her heart.” (Luke 2″ >


  2. Tesoriero, Bart

    Dear Bill,

    Happy New Year and thank you for this heart-rending story!

    That was so good of your parents to pray and so good of God to answer! And we are the beneficiaries! Our dear singing Bill! 😊

    A few nights ago I asked the Lord for a word, and I sensed Him say, “Psalm 3.”

    Psalm 3
    Trust in God under Adversity
    A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
    1 O LORD, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
    2 many are saying to me,
    “There is no help for you in God.” Selah
    3 But you, O LORD, are a shield around me,
    my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
    4 I cry aloud to the LORD,
    and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
    5 I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
    6 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.
    7 Rise up, O LORD!
    Deliver me, O my God!
    For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.
    8 Deliverance belongs to the LORD;
    may your blessing be on your people!

    I have held onto that promise: “Salvation belongs to the Lord. Thy Blessing is upon Thy people!”

    I had not been feeling so well since Sunday. Yesterday I tested positive for Covid (the second time). I was due to receive some monoclonal treatment today at my doctor’s, a fellow Catholic Charismatic. Last night my wife Brenda called me to watch on the You Tube as Mario Murillo was praying for God’s healing power to come to His people. I received his prayer. Today my doctor said there was a slight chance of an extremely negative reaction to the therapy, and given how I looked and my symptoms, he decided to forego it. I am feeling better and hope to be Covid free by Saturday.

    So thank you for the reminder to seek the Lord always. His Blessing is upon His people! And in fact, He blesses all who seek Him in any way, as you know.

    I love you!



    Bart Tesoriero
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    1. Bill Dalgetty Post author

      Bart, I am sorry, but I just saw this. I’m glad to hear that you are doing better with your second COVID and don’t go on the heavier medication. I love Psalm 3. Blessings, Bill



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