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Advent 2017 – Tuesday, Dec 5

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:30-33)

As a young girl, I remember reading Scripture about Mary and thinking, “Really? You’ve got to be kidding! Wasn’t this just, well, a lot to expect of a teenaged girl? What about her parents, family, neighbors and friends? Won’t she live life as an outcast?”

As I’ve grown in years and faith, it is even more evident, the enormity of Mary’s situation. God expected Mary to sacrifice everything in her life to serve his purpose, and she did. He gave her the courage and grace to fulfill his purpose of bringing the most sacred child into the world. She was the sacred vessel.

Have I got the courage and grace to “bear” into the world, God’s purpose for me?
Mary was promised that her son would be The Son of the Most High, the Lord God.
And yes, I’m promised the gracious gift of a Savior who came into the world to redeem me.

Still asking God for the courage ….

Jude Mitchell, church lady