Friday December 20, 2019 written by Shelli Gregory

Luke 1.37-38

For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

When I read the first verse of this passage, I thought, Oh yay! A miracle story, my favorite kind of story. I have a couple miracle stories that I can tell, one of my broken leg being miraculously healed when I was 13, and another of my daughter being miraculously healed from an illness when she was 14 months old. But then I read further.  “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” I thought, Oh, this isn’t a miracle story. It is an answering one’s call story. It’s about being open to what God has planned for you. That is not nearly as much fun as miracles, is it? Sometimes, God calls us to do some difficult things, expecting us to be open to those callings. Maybe it’s a slightly difficult thing like getting up at 5:30am on Thanksgiving morning to go volunteer at a Charity Race, or maybe it’s a much more difficult thing like caring for a loved one for years as their mind and body deteriorate. I think there is a reason that this passage isn’t split into two different verses for two different days. The important thing is that this passage is both a miracle story and an answer one’s calling story. Mary’s conception of Jesus is truly a miracle story, but when you think about it, isn’t every calling a miracle in some small way? That 6am charity race is a miracle because thousands of people come together on Thanksgiving Day to support several agencies making a big difference in people’s lives. Likewise, every day that you care for that loved one is a miracle because medical advancements have lengthened your time to cherish and love them.

This holiday season and throughout the new year, let’s answer our miracles as Mary did, “Here am I!”


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