Preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. Come join me on this Journey, it is not to late to start.
Day 9 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled Announced by the Angel.
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 be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. (Luke 1:29-31)This announcement made to Mary was the beginning of a new era. The era of FAVOR. A time period marked by the mercy and grace of God. This new era would begin with a pregnant unwed teenager in Galilee. Just as God found favor with Mary (v. 30), God find's favor with us through the baby Mary would give birth to in Bethlehem: Jesus. Because of Jesus God finds favor with us, with me. I have the approval of my Creator, in Christ. That should change everything. That approval pushes back my fears. It gives me freedom and strength to be wide open and willing to to do anything for God.
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:38)
I pray that I will live today, moment by moment, as an approved, accepted, and unafraid child of God. "For nothing is impossible with God."
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.