Today's devotion for today is based on Luke 1:34-38. "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on 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 unable to conceive, is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her."
Can you imagine what it was like for Mary at that moment? A young, soon-to-be-married woman discovers that she will have a baby even though she has never had intercourse. Her life is about to get turned upside down.
In reply to her questions, the angel pointed her to God's grace, God's power, and God's promises. And that is what her faith clung to. Mary didn't ask for time to pray or to speak with her fiancé before responding to God's messenger. She just said, "I am the Lord's servant. May your word to me be fulfilled." May we too repeat her words in our daily life.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, you have loved us with an everlasting love and drawn us to yourself with unfailing kindness. As we approach the holy time of our Saviour's birth, fill us with joy and hope to welcome him as our Redeemer promised long ago to Israel and the whole world. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.