An Advent Reflection by Ella Venning.
Luke 1:34-38 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.
Birth of Christianity, Mary’s story – a teenager, confused, bewildered, uncomprehending, yet not afraid. She had scriptural knowledge which would spiritually hold her in good stead, although unsure of her suitability for what God was asking of her. Without hesitation – whilst fully aware that an unmarried girl being pregnant could spell disaster. Was she crazy , who would believe a story about becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She only knew God was asking her to serve him and her response was a willing, trustful acceptance.
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