Scripture: Luke 1: 26-38
Key verse: (37)“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Reflection: This message from the angel Gabriel was quite unusual — Mary’s older relative Elizabeth would have a baby in her old age and Mary would conceive a baby through the power of the Holy Spirit, even though she was a virgin. Like any person, Mary asks: ‘how can this be?’ And the angel announced that nothing was impossible for God. At that moment we see Mary’s remarkable faith. She humbled herself under God’s will and accepted what God was going to do in her life. Her response? Here I am! What startling devotion for a teenage girl to display!
How often do we work from the premise that most things are impossible for God? We impose limitations on God and ourselves. But, God is ready to do great things in our ordinary lives when we are willing to listen and believe. The angel Gabriel might not appear to us, but God is still at work around us. Are we paying attention?
As we approach Christmas Day, may each of us have faith and devotion like Mary to act like servants of the Lord. What might happen if we become willing to open ourselves to new possibilities for the future, including changing our plans when God challenges us to go another way?
Prayer: Loving God, we give thanks for Mary and the example of her faith. Help us to cultivate the faith you have given us through humble obedience to your life-giving word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].