Read Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said,  “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He 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.  He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

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.


  From Rev. Sandy Downs, Parkersburg First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

            The Beatles weren’t trying to create a new Advent hymn when they recorded “Let it Be.” Yet, this is the very message that Mary replied to Gabriel. 

            These are amazing words of wisdom from a young girl in a very troubled location and time.  There is peace in these words.  There is power in these words. 

            We all have difficult times.  We all get called by the Lord to do great things for God that seem totally impossible by human standards.

            We live out our faith when we tell God, “Let it be unto me as you have said” and then, like Mary, go and do God’s will.

Help me, Lord, as you have helped your servants from all times and places, to receive your word and your will, and to do it.


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