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Dear family of our Lord Jesus Christ and faithful Daily Cup readers,
We have this update on Kathy Garcia who had cancer surgery yesterday: Out of surgery and they found a polyp on the uterus which wasn’t cancer. They actually said no cancer was present even though need to wait on pathology. God my father is more than amazing and every staff member here is has been great. Three days and home I go. thanks to all who are praying, I am so grateful.
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As I sit and reflect on the Words of God, I begin to imagine. Do you ever do that? Do you reflect on the passages you read and imagine what it would look like if you were watching it on a movie screen?
Let’s imagine Mary. We don’t specifically know what she was doing the day the angel appeared to her, but we do know she lived in a small town called Nazareth in Galilee. She was a young woman and some estimate about 15 years of age. Mary had been betrothed to Joseph.
A betrothal was a commitment to be married and it held the same legal binding as if the couple were already married. So for all practical purposes, Mary was unavailable for any male prospects. She may have been going about her day doing household chores and daydreaming about the day Joseph would show up.
Instead of Joseph, an angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
When Mary heard those words, she became confused. I don’t know about you, but if an angel manifested in my presence I think I would be quite shocked. The story continues as follows from Mark 1:30-38:
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. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
After receiving this word from the angel, Mary ran to her relative, Elizabeth. They celebrated and worshiped the Lord together.
Being a Jewish young woman, Mary was raised according to the customs of the Hebrew people. One of those customs was every Sabbath to go to the synagogue and hear the Scriptures from the Torah read out loud. Maybe she recalled the passage from a prophet about the divine moment she was experiencing.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14 NIV).
Out of all the virgins in the land, she was the one selected to bring about this miraculous event that would save her nation and even the world.
In the moment Mary answered, “May Your word to me be fulfilled,” she conceived the Savior. Then she worshiped the Lord with a song.
My friends, Mary was merely a willing vessel to be used by the Lord for His purpose.
What about the calling you have on your life? An angel may not have appeared to tell you what it is, but you have a call from God. You have a purpose that needs to be fulfilled. How have your responded to it?
Have you run from it? Or are you willing to say like Mary did, “May Your word to me be fulfilled.”
Let’s pray that — “Lord, may Your word to me be fulfilled.”
Let the Lord work in us and through us. The Lord used Mary to bring the Savior into the world. The Lord wants to use each of us to share our Savior with those in our sphere of influence.
Lord, let it be as You say.
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