But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

– Luke 1:30-31 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Mary was an amazing woman. Think of the situation: a 13 – 15 year old virgin is told that she has favor with God. Favor? She will be pregnant and have to convince her fiancée that she was not unfaithful. She will have to endure the gossip that will follow her for the rest of her life concerning the birth of her son and the timing of her wedding to Joseph. Yet God DOES give Mary favor: He reveals to her the unique role that she plays in God’s purposes. And she embraces that role, even though it will come a great personal cost. We want God to fit into our story, yet Christmas is a reminder that our story, including all of the difficult parts, is never really understood until it’s seen in the light of God’s story.

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