…Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
…How can this be…?
…Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’”
Here we are in Advent…waiting for the Word to be made Flesh. Above is the beautiful passage relating to the world…once again…the miracle of the birth of Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary.
I love this dialogue that Luke gives us. It shows us exactly what God wants of us when He asks us to move out of our comfort zone and do – or be – something we have not planned.
How many times are we asked to do something we have not planned? Many times during our lives:
Mary responds, “…I am the handmaid of the Lord….”
She is our first role-model for considering our response to God’s
call in our lives… in so many different ways.
How fortunate for us that Mary was so loyal, so filled with faith.
Today we pray:
Mary, help us be loyal and filled with faith when our gracious God requests us to go beyond our comfort zones to help build His kingdom on earth. We are so in need of true “peace” in our hearts and on earth. Help us welcome the Prince of Peace, consider what it is we can do to further peace, and not be afraid to do what He asks. Amen.
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