Mary’s Response

A couple of quick notes today before our reflection. First, if you are in the Petal area, we’d love you to worship with us tonight at Asbury for our Candlelight Christmas Service. We have services at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Second this will be my reflection for a few weeks.  I’ll be out of pocket and with family most of this week, and next Monday, January 31, several of us from Asbury are leaving for a trip to the Holy Land.  While in Israel I am going to attempt to have a daily post and keep you updated on our journey, as well as share some photos.

Merry Christmas to you, and your family.  Now, on to today’s reflection.

theangelusI love Mary’s response when she is told that she will be the mother to God’s Son.

She has just had her world rocked. Everything that she had planned for her life is forever changed.

God has big plans for her. Hard plans. Challenging plans. Difficult plans.

Now, these plans will be for her good and for the good of the world. They are going to be blessing to her. To me. To you. And to everyone that’s ever lived.

But, they will also forever change her life. That’s the stakes. And listen to Mary’s response in Luke 1:35-38:

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Let it be to me according to your word.

She trust in God, and His plan, even when she knows that it will be a challenge.

Even when she knows that it will be hard.

She believed, even when God’s plan was not her plan. Because she knew God’s plan was the right plan.

Today, may we be the same. May we do the same. Today, may Mary’s response be our response.

Lord, let it be to me according to your word.

Amen, and amen.

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