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Sunday Message for 20 December 2020: “Angelic Announcement”

Today’s message from Luke 1:26-38 is the story of wonderful news being delivered to Mary the mother of Jesus.

The angelic messenger Gabriel visited Mary and proclaimed her vital role: “And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Try to place yourself in Mary’s situation. Consider the significance of how visitation by an angel emphasized her upcoming pregnancy.

Mary’s response to Gabriel’s announcement reveals her commitment to the divine plan: “ ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word’ “ (Luke 1:38). Consider how Mary felt during the miraculous visit by the archangel, describing her yet-to-be conceived son. Mary’s joy is almost palpable. Becoming a mother can be stressful enough without carrying the additional burden of knowing that your  future child will be called the Son of God.

That Mary was surprised by the angel’s message is likely an understatement. We know from what came after the visit that Mary praised God for her role in the divine plan. As it was with Mary so also is it good for other people of faith to reflect on God’s promises. As you consider Jesus’ birth you can consider the love that brought Jesus into the world. On the one hand, we hail the arrival of the baby Jesus in that lowly manger. On the other hand, we recall our spiritual rebirth as we’ve become spiritually awakened.

Do you feel that God has a plan for your life? You don’t have to be a mother-to-be to receive God’s promises. People of faith throughout time have been invited to participate in spiritual rebirth. Being born as a human in the material world is certainly a magnificent event. Yet all the more marvelous is the spiritual birth in the form of awareness and enlightenment through God’s presence. Whenever you encounter praise in scripture you can adopt it as your own.

What do you have to thank God for this season? Pause momentarily and consider the wonder of your redemption. It doesn’t matter who you are, how young or old, or how sick or well you feel. Spiritual vitality isn’t dependent upon such things. Simply accept what God offers you and your life will be enhanced through divine love, mercy and grace

Please have the merriest of Christmases. Although things might not be going well in this dour economy, God is still working miracles in peoples’ hearts and minds. Raise your voice in joyful proclamation. Christ is born! Hope is alive! Jesus’ birth and spiritual rebirth are at hand. Halleluiah!

Prepare for the birth of a divine child of love. And Christmas isn’t the end but a beginning. Soon 2020 will arrive and with the New Year also hail new challenges and blessings. Consider all that God has for you and visualize embracing the precious Christ-child of love.  God bless you and glory to God in the highest.        –Reverend Hoxey

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