Today, my scripture reading was from Luke 1:26-29
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Adam Hamilton tells us the following:
“What do you think about angels? A Washington Times poll found that half of all Americans believe in them. In Scripture, the word angel simply means “messenger.” Angels typically appear simply as people – no wings, just people. Sometime their attire is majestic or glorious, but usually they’re just strangers with a word from God… The writer of Hebrew notes that some Christians in his day, as they welcomed strangers, had welcomed angels without knowing it.”
I have told you before that I absolutely believe in angels. I know that there are angels that walk among us, people sent by God to care for us and be His hands and voice. But I can’t imagine how Mary felt when she got a message from God about her future. Whether the words came from a stranger telling her a message from God, or a if they came from a winged glowing being, I can’t imaging how she felt.
Mary must have been a young woman of incredible faith. I once heard that we don’t know for sure that Mary was the first young girl that God had picked as the mother of Jesus, she may have just been the first one that accepted what God had asked. Just a teenager, engaged to be married, and given a message directly from God. From an angel.
Far too often, we don’t hear when God is speaking to us. We are all sent messages from him, we need to learn to listen. The message might not be as world-changing- or even life-changing – as the message Mary got that day, but if God is trying to talk to us, we should listen.
Thank you for showing us your love by sending us your Son. When you became human, to live among us, you did so because of your immense love for us. Forgive us when we don’t seem to be listening, or when we appear to be ignoring you, or when we don’t return your love.