In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
Luke 1: 26 – 27
Mary was a young woman, probably a teenager, living in a small town. She was a cousin of Elizabeth’s, but much younger than her, and she was not yet married. Nothing that is written in the gospels suggests that Mary was unusual – her life was following the normal course for a woman of her time and place. Her fiancée was a descendant of the great king of the Jewish people, David, so he came from a respected family, and we know from elsewhere in the Bible that he was a good and kind man. Altogether, Mary’s life was going well, and we can imagine that she was contented and excited, looking forward to her marriage and family life.
And then God sent an angel, a supernatural messenger, to this ordinary woman, of an ordinary family, in an ordinary town. And then, nothing in the entire world, including Mary’s life, would ever, in the whole of history, be the same again.
Prayer: Father God, your work in our lives can come as a shock. You break into our plans and our routines and change everything. Help us to welcome the changes that you bring – help us to be open to you and your messengers. Amen
Action: think about who might be a messenger from God to you, and where you might hear God speak unexpectedly in your life. Has God been asking you to change something about your life?