The Nativity Scene Up Close — Week One of Advent



This is a series of several blogs for Advent
on the characters that are part of
the traditional Nativity scene

These Advent devotionals were posted
on this blog a year ago.
I’ve decided to post them again,
for those who didn’t see them last year
and for those who did, but have short memories!

part 1

You have to wonder what the young woman Mary was doing on what — until that moment — was probably an ordinary day. She undoubtedly was still living with her parents. Was she fixing a meal, praying, washing clothes, or cleaning the house?

So begins the Christmas story, nine months before Christmas! Whatever she was doing, her day was interrupted and changed her life forever. It wasn’t an ordinary person who interrupted her. It wasn’t a person at all: it was an angel! His name was Gabriel.

The angel informed her that she would be pregnant without benefit of a man. The power of the Almighty would miraculously cause a child to be in her womb, a really special child she was to name Jesus.

Mary’s response was an example for all of us to live by. She couldn’t have possibly grasped fully at that moment all that was happening to her and all that it would mean. She would have to face Joseph and tell him, “I’m pregnant!” She would have to tell her parents too. Would any of them believe the story about an angel? But her response was one of faith and trust in the mysterious workings of God.

Our lives are filled with mysteries, too. We don’t understand why things happen the way they do and why God doesn’t fulfill our expectations of what He should do. We want to know how God can work with us as we are, where we are, and with what we’re facing.

It’s here we need to follow Mary’s example. In the midst of all the craziness of life, in the midst of the mystery of it all, we can do no better than to pray what Mary said to the angel Gabriel.

“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)


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