Saturday, Second Week in Advent
The culmination of the season of advent is the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! But before this blessed and celebrated affair, there was a visitation, the impossible, fear, troubling, hesitation, doubt, uncertainty, disbelief, but ultimately, godly reassurance.
The angel Gabriel was sent by God…to a virgin…named Mary. And he came to her and said Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. But she was much troubled by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Mary’s thoughts are echoed down through the millennia—her thoughts are our thoughts with respect to the trepidation we feel when God calls us to a certain path, requiring of us our time, our selves, our faith for a long, arduous, or unknown journey.
And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus Mary said to the angel, “how can this be since I am a virgin?” We may see ourselves in Mary’s words once again—once we have decided to head the call, to be servants of Christ, to feed the hungry, to cloth the naked, to do justice, or in our own lives simply be a witness—we hesitate and doubt—how can I do, get through, manage, or overcome this!
The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High God will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born, he will be called Son of God […].For nothing will be impossible with God. Thank God for Jesus, for the assurance of the Holy Spirit and the power of the most High God that overshadows us, that is the differentiating factor, the “therefore” that allows it to be manifested in us, that enables us to complete the task, journey, or path.
Then Mary said here I am, the servant of the Lord! Mary’s angst eventually gave way to boldness, to perseverance, and to obedience. She was assured that the will of God will never lead you where the grace of god cannot keep you. She was strengthened, encouraged, and emboldened to do that which God required of her. Let us be like Mary! For while we are soldiering on this journey HE has called us to, and while we strive to overcome our own personal struggles—whether it be health, job or lack thereof related, a heavy heart, a loved one gone—let us be thankful for this advent season. Let us stand emboldened and strong. Let us be thankful that at the end, is the wonderful birth of Jesus. Let us remember that the power of the Holy Spirit and the most High God can overshadow us, enabling us to have a victorious end. Hallelujah!
-- Keturah D. Brown '04