We often think of a “blessing” as something safe and mundane, like saying bless you after a sneeze. But Mary’s blessing wasn’t safe, it would mean pain, hard work and rejection. No wonder Mary was scared! When God gives us blessings or gifts, they often come with challenges. But just like Mary we are not to be afraid, because we know that God is for us.
Think of something now that is making you anxious or nervous. Take a moment to pause and reflect on those words “Don’t be afraid; God has been gracious to you”
Today’s Advent thought is from David