“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:26-38
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…….But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:6-7, 19,20
So many thoughts going through my head and heart this evening. We have already attended one candlelight service, and will attend another later tonight. We gathered last night with extended family, and loved being together. Good food, good fellowship, and even a hay ride! With enough small children to make it really delightful, we had a blast. Our Christmases are full, and busy, but in the quiet moments, I ponder. I watch. Observe my own offspring. I thank deeply. My heart is full. I know joy.
As I reflect on the Word this Christmas, I wonder exactly what Mary thought when that angel visited. How scared she must have been. But she had faith. She did it scared, but she did it. First time mom, not married, with God as the Father. wow. Can you even imagine?!! A really good time for her to hear “For nothing is impossible with God.” She may have heard those words, but I’m not sure she really understood until she held that baby God in her arms. The impossible becoming possible right in front of her very eyes…….
I imagine how she treasured those first moments, and pondered them in her heart. Her thoughts must have been focused on Him. The little Him in her arms, Who had already captured her heart. As she kissed His little toes, and marveled at His tiny fingers, was she reliving the delivery of our Deliverer? Was she praying to be a good mommy to God’s Son? Was she remembering that “nothing is impossible with God” to carry her through the next few months and years?
This Christmas eve, this holiday season, I pray your thoughts, your ponderings are focused on Him. As you sit in your homes, around your tables, as family gathers, I pray He is foremost in your thoughts and prayers. I pray that even if you are facing the impossible this season, that you remember the words God shares in His Word – “nothing is impossible with God”. For He makes the impossible, possible. Friends in Christ, I wish you a very merry Christmas.
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