Sunday, December 06, 2009

Week 2 of Advent

The second candle has been lit today.
Its the week we remember the annunciation of Mary.
She received a message, her husband (to be) received a message in a dream . .
Joseph's response should have been to have her stoned for being pregnant
by someone else, and yet, he planned to quietly divorce her,
after he got the message from an angel in his dream he went ahead and married her.

Who knows but that their families rejected them thereafter,
their neighbors, and friends scorned them, who knows?
What Joseph did was redeem her,
he took what others thought to be a sin and owned it,
he demonstrated God's grace.
What a message in so few verses. . .

a message that takes focus and meditation to consider
how the messages by the angel impacted these two people's lives.

How is my life impacted by the message of God's Word?

Truths For Life

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 calleda]" style="line-height: 0.5em; "> 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

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