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The Adventure of Advent: Day 8 – "Making Room" for a Miracle

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by Bill Welsh

The Adventure of Advent: Day 8 – "Making Room" for a Miracle

“The angel said, 'Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end'” (Luke 1:30-34).

Now that’s not something you hear every day? Most days are filled with mild conversations, requests, disagreements, jokes and maybe a compliment or two from friends. But this is off the charts.

How does Mary respond to such strange information? She asks, “How?” Then Gabriel, simply said, “The Holy Spirit will do this.The power of God will come upon you. You will give birth to the Son of God.” Then he added the bit about her relative Elizabeth’s unexpected, but welcomed pregnancy, and concluded with, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

No man can put himself in Mary’s sandals, but whatever mysterious promise God makes, it all comes down to the same critical reality.

NOTHING is impossible for God.

And that was enough for Mary. Reminded that God can do the impossible, she said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to His word.”

With that, Mary literally “received Jesus” like no one else ever would. She gave room, or womb, to a mysterious miracle.

Let’s follow Mary’s example, making room for the Son of God in our hearts. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).