Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What God Asks Us at Christmas

The birth of Jesus ben Joseph haunted those who knew his true identity. The second in a series of six meditations. Special thanks to my wife, Renée, for writing this one.

 

How many young women have trembled with trepidation or delight when their doctors announce, “You’re pregnant”?

It’s almost too hard to believe that a child is growing inside when everything still looks the same. Even the most ordinary, well-planned pregnancy seems like a dream at first. No wonder the angel’s announcement in Luke 1:26-38 left Mary astounded.

How could Mary really fathom becoming pregnant when she knew beyond question that she still was a virgin? Of course, she couldn’t figure it out—but she could believe the Holy Spirit would fulfill the angel’s words. And she could eagerly anticipate mothering the baby who would fulfill the prophets’ promises from long ago.

While her elderly relative Zechariah couldn’t fathom the angel’s announcement that his wife was going to bear a baby, Mary readily believed God could do something new and unheard of. Mary willingly accepted the miracle of this unique pregnancy and all the consequences that followed.

In all likelihood, the Lord could have asked Mary to do anything. As a humble servant of the Lord God, she was dedicated to doing whatever she could for him.

Whether it’s a high calling or difficult chore that the Lord gives us, are you and I ready to respond like Mary?

1 comment:

Ann Dunagan said...

This is beautiful! Thanks so much for writing and adding this thoughtful post.