“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1: 30-33 (NIV)
Today’s symbol is of a white lily. It symbolizes new life and resurrection – hope for the future. God had a special job for someone – to be the mother of his son. He needed someone who loved and trusted him, someone who was strong and loving, someone who believed in him and worshiped him. God chose Mary. We must recognize though, that Mary was chosen through God’s grace, not from any merit she possessed. To many, Mary was an unlikely “source”; the fulfillment of God’s promise came to earth in an unadorned package of human innocence, without any splendid display, far away from any royal palace. When angel Gabriel visited Mary, she was not so sure she was up for the job, but Gabriel reminded her that God would be with her and guide her. The angel states the basic premise “Nothing is impossible with God.” Mary simply responds in humble acceptance, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”
Today, think about how Mary must have felt after the angel left her. What sort of emotions would have been going through her mind? How do you think she felt about telling people – her family, Joseph? How would people have reacted to her? What can we learn from Mary?
Has God done what seems like the impossible in your life?
Read the whole passage in Luke 1:26-38
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