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December 23

Luke 1, 34-38

Something to read

Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to 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 holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
New Revised Standard Version

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Something to think about

Dialogue is good.

In today’s text we see more of an open dialogue between Mary and the angel. But the striking point here is how Mary moves from a position of disbelief at the start of the text (‘How can this be?’) to a position of acceptance at the end of our text (‘May it be to me as you have said’).

This is not done without conversation with the angel. What leads Mary to this point is the dialogue they share, and the all-important verse 37 that gives Mary this acceptance: ‘For nothing is impossible with God.’

As in the text, so it is when we are in constant dialogue with God. The more we seek and discern from God in prayer, Bible reading, worship and other spiritual disciplines, the more we arrive at new positions… whether in faith, in action or emotions and feelings.

The more we are in communication with God, the more we will be in a position to see that nothing is impossible with God... from complete deliverance from a particular situation or to a situation of finding strength or faith you never thought you possessed. Like Mary here, we find ourselves moving from disbelief to acceptance.

Something to do

Remember back to a time(s) when you felt you were in an impossible position and God brought you or someone close to you through it. Give God thanks and praise again for that time. Now, write it down and keep it as a faith reserve for when you need encouragement in the future.

Something to pray

Lord we thank you that nothing is impossible for you. We thank you for the journeys that you travel on with us… from one position to another. It allows us to know more about you as well as ourselves. May we keep journeying and growing in and with you. In Jesus' name... Amen.

Today's contributor is Richard Stein, a former student of Westminster College, Cambridge.


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