“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1: 38
Mary must have at least initially been terrified by this encounter as would any of us be, yet without questioning she exhibits ultimate faith and a complete and utter acceptance of the will of God. This for me is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. It’s a verse, filled in just a few short words, with great hope, trust, reassurance and grace. It reinforces the message that we all have a role to play in advancing God’s Kingdom. God, who could have selected anyone, chose a young, unmarried woman to bring his son in to the world in human form. This is reassuring it says very powerfully that everyday folks like us are to be trusted with sharing our faith and spreading the good news of the gospels. We are given promises, assurances and hopes that we trust will be fulfilled. We may not always like the direction we are travelling in and may at times be a doubting Thomas as we question the many twists and turns on life’s road but, as a sailor trusts the stars and a traveller a compass, we place our hope and trust in the hands of the greatest guide of all. Everyone is different but that is all the reassurance I seek.
Prayer: God of hope, God of ultimate love, renew in us the wonder of the news of the coming of your son. Renew in us the hope and trust as shown by Mary in receiving the life changing, world changing news. We place our hopes and trust in you and thank you in this season of giving gifts, for giving us the ultimate gift. Amen.
Action: Go forward this week with hope in your heart, be uplifted by and share your faith in word in deed. Place your hopes and trust firmly in God