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Making Room

December 23, 2013

Luke 1:  26 In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. 27 He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has given you special favor. He is with you.”

29 Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. 31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. 33 He will rule forever over his people, who came from Jacob’s family. His kingdom will never end.”

34 “How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. 36 Your relative Elizabeth is old. And even she is going to have a child. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. 37 Nothing is impossible with God.”

38 “I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.

Mary had to create a lot of room for Jesus. She knew that saying yes to what God wanted would get her in trouble with her parents and with Joseph. It meant saying no to her dream wedding and her own plans for her life. I would guess that Mary felt too young to be a mom, much less to be the mother of God’s own son. But Mary said yes. Mary offered God everything she had with joy.

How have you made room for God? What are you willing to give up in order to create room?

A simple prayer to offer today:

God, sometimes it feels too hard to make room for you. Would you please change our hearts so that we feel Mary’s joy at the coming of Jesus?

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