Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

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.” Luke 1:30-33 (New Revised Standard Version) 

Change is tough to handle, even when it’s joyous change. It raises uncertainties, bringing to mind fears of the what ifs of it all. In today’s reading, Mary receives wonderful news of having a son. But she was so young! And she was already engaged to be married. She had not been with a man. What would people think? What would they say about her, or about Joseph? Would Joseph accept her after all or not? And if he wouldn’t, then what would become of her or the child? On top of all of this, the wonderful news was coming to her by way of an angel. It was all so strange, so troubling, so exciting and wonderful, and all at the same time. And with her head probably spinning from it all, consider what was being said about the one who was to be born of her. He will be great, called the Son of the Most High, and will be given the throne of his ancestor David. I can only imagine that as she accepted the news, she may have had an anticipation of all of this coming to pass before her eyes. May you, too, eagerly await seeing just what God is going to do in your life ahead. Amen.

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