Advent Daily Devotional Day 3

Read Luke 1:26-37

What do you think…is she going to say ‘yes’? How many storylines in our favorite books and movies come to a critical juncture with that question hanging in the air? Romeo and Juliet, Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary of Downton Abbey, Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt of Parks and Recreation, and yes, Mary the mother of Jesus all come to mind.  Anyone else? Maybe you yourself are all too familiar with the reality of making such dramatic life choices.

We can all sympathize with how challenging it is face a fork in the road.  Do we go left or right? Do we say yes or no to the job offer, the marriage proposal, the business plan, the scholarship? Do we wait to give an answer or spill our heart right away?

Imagine being Mary and hearing, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid.”  Each Advent we recall once again just how startling God’s proposition for humankind really is. Through the womb of a young, unwed Jewish teenager the Lord of heaven and earth is about to enter human history. But first, she has to say yes.  Like us, Mary has a choice to believe or not.

Anticipation hangs in the air.  Scripture doesn’t tell us how many deep breathes she may have taken, or just how quickly she responded.  In Galatians chapter 4 verses 4 and 5 we are given this helpful understanding about God’s participation in human history.  It says, “but when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.” In the fullness of time is mysterious and beautiful way to say that when God measures history Mary said yes at just the right time.

Now read the rest of the story Luke 1:38

With anticipation hanging in the air Mary said yes. Yes to God’s timing and yes to God’s plan playing out in her life.  Does she have it all figured out? Not entirely. But in her belief she trusts in what God is asking her to do. She says yes to her part in opening the way for God to become incarnate in our world.

Aren’t we grateful this Advent for Mary’s ‘yes’? May we this Advent also say ‘yes’ to our part in God’s story being written in our lives, neighborhoods, workplaces, here in Lewis County and around the world.  May we not shy away from our calling to live as God’s dearly beloved children.

Reflection:  Mary’s answer to the angel Gabriel must have required courage. Where do you suppose she found her source of courage?  Who do you admire that demonstrates courage today?

Action: read a biography of someone you admire noting how they approached difficult life choices. Talk about what you observe with someone close to you. (Note: the Patty Burchett library in the Annex is filled with many young reader biographies)

Prayer: “Here am I, a servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word”.

By Pastor Shari Monson, who enjoys reading biographies, seeking courage, loving Jesus, and leading Westminster PC in this season of anticipation.