"..... God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most Highwill overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her." Luke 1:26-38
I think a lot about Mary during this time of the year. She was so young and God gave her so much. I wonder if I would've been as faithful, as strong, as dependent on God? I don't know.... but I do know that because of her faithfulness in God and her desire to follow Him that she played a part in fulfilling God's promise to us that He would bring a Savior. And, I am thankful.... so very thankful.
I pray during this Christmas season, that God would prepare our hearts and our minds and that we would all experience a Christmas like none other before. A season full of love, comfort, peace and whatever it is that each of us may need individually. I pray that it would be such an experience that it wouldn't go away as we move into January, but that it would lead into the new year with refreshened hearts and minds ready to move forward and share His love and His grace with all we encounter throughout the new year.
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