Will we accept the role given to us this Advent?

Mary, the mother of our Lord, accepted her role, given to her by the angel…

28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 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. 36 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. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

* “I am the Lord’s servant” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.”

* My friend, Carolyn Butler, is a writer and spiritual director in South Africa.  Reflecting on the angel’s announcement to Mary, Carolyn writes:  “As part of your preparation during Advent, create some space to remember the times in your life when you have said, willingly or unwillingly, ‘Behold, I am the Lord’s servant.  Let it be to me according to your word.'”

* Carolyn then asks: “In what way has the Mighty One done great things for you?  What promises has God kept in your life?  What fears hold you back from being open to the promises offered during this Advent season?”

* “Father in heaven, deliver me today from the fear of the unknown future and from the fear of failure. Help me, by your grace, to love and fear you only.  Fill my heart with cheerful courage and loving trust in you.”

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