For Saturday, December 22, 2001

Saturday, December 22, 2001

Luke 1:26-38

I love my Parallel Bible. At times like this when there is a passage to read and reread, the comparison of the different versions gives a depth of insight that one single translation might not offer. For this particular passage I really like the Living Bible.

The Living Bible captures Mary's very human reaction to a message from God. Mary is "confused and disturbed" this version tells us. Haven't we all been there?! If our lives occasionally give us reason for confusion, imagine poor Mary's feelings. She was a virgin soon to be married - nothing too extraordinary. And suddenly a big change of events takes place in her life.

"But how can I have a baby?" she asks. That's an important and reasonable question. "The angel replied, 'The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of God shall overshadow you; so the baby born to you will be utterly holy - the Son of God."

Then Mary does something that for most of us would be very difficult. She doesn't ask any more questions. She doesn't argue. She doesn't negotiate. She surrenders. "Mary said, 'I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants.' "

What would happen in our lives if we did more listening and more surrendering?

Prayer: Dear God, open our minds and hearts to you. Use us as vehicles for your purpose. In Christ's name we ask for your guidance. Amen.

Virginia Butler