Monday, December 19, 2016

God's favor

Daily reading: Luke 1:26-55
Monday December 19, 2016

Focus passage: When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!”  Luke 1:28

Before she can wrap her head around all of what God is calling her to do, she first needs to embrace the reality that she is favored and this is what sets the foundation for her response. This isn’t the answer to a prayer, at least not recorded in scripture as the gift of a child was to countless other women in the Bible.  No, this is a gift that has the possibility of being rather inconvenient and dangerous.  
When she sings her praise of God she begins by singing that she is favored by God but it is not only Mary that is favored.  In her song, we see that God’s favor, God’s mercy, love and grace are for everyone.

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, in our Advent waiting.  Amen.

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