December 23, 2018
On this fourth Advent Sunday, Pastor Donald teaches from Luke 1: 26-38. Mary is visited by Gabriel the angel to tell her that she will bear a son named Jesus. Naturally Mary is troubled by this news and asks the question, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" Not only is Mary asking physically how this will happen but also how is she going to manage in a world that is so unforgiving and biased. The angel appeared to her and not her family, her village, or her spiritual leaders.
Yet Mary is convinced by Gabriel's reply, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you...", the angel goes on further to say, "And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren."
We read in this dialogue between Mary and Gabriel that God will be with us and has others ready to help us. The Lord is fighting for us and we need to know and live a life that understands that His spirit overshadows us whenever he tasks us to do something for His kingdom. We also need to seek out people who are working with God to support us.
For the upcoming year, let us remember and live lives that believe that God is with us.