Don’t forget our Christmas Eve Communion Service tonight at 11.30pm at Wormley Free Church, a pause amongst the busyness of the week to re-focus ourselves on the centre of the celebrations, the coming of Christ.
Reading: Luke 1:34-38
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.’
38 ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.
Thought for Reflection: God is the god of life not death. His life-giving power is written all over this passage: a new life is implanted in Mary, the elderly Elizabeth is miraculously with child and no word from God, we are told, will ever fail. Where darkness seems to reign supreme and death prevail, he comes with the power to overturn and renew.
Prayer: Lord, may we see your resurrection power in our lives and in our world, and may we be willing to play our part as Mary was. ‘I am the Lord’s servant.’