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December 20, 2019

Today’s Word: Luke 1:26-38

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

I say it ever year, but I’ll never get tired of this story.

How God chose this specific young woman to bear his Word made flesh to the world.

How an angel appeared–the most unexpected visitor with the most unexpected greeting for the most unexpected, unsuspecting woman.

How Mary, though perplexed (who wouldn’t be?), was willing and able to yield to God’s choosing.

38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

May I receive each of God’s surprises with as much willingness to say “let it be with me according to your word.”