Encountering God #adventbookclub – Day 19

Luke 1:26-33 (CEV)

An Angel Tells about the Birth of Jesus

26 One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee 27 with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. 28 The angel greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. 30 Then the angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, 31 and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. 33 He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.”

Who me Lord?
I am blessed
and will be a blessing?

Me?

You are with me Lord,
I know that.

But this?

Me?

You want me to have your son?
Is there a choice?
How can this be?

You want me to carry your son?
Within the depths of my being.
To nurture him.
To bring him to birth.

Me?

What have I done
that makes me worthy of such a task?
How can I be trusted with this?

I too
am called to carry God within me.
Not like Mary,
but in my life every day.
I am nothing special,
But he longs to be in my life,
to live
and grow
and come to birth.

I too am overwhelmed.
How can I be worthy
of such a task,
how can I be trusted?

And yet
God asks

And I respond

Maggi points us to the importance of ‘meeting with God (p92), a connection between a person and God.  An encounter that profoundly changes us.

Gabriel’s Message

This year, several of us are reading Beginnings and Endings by Maggi Dawn and joining together to comment on it.  Do join us at the Adventbookclub Facebook page, follow #adventbookclub on Twitter or comment below.  If you are also reading and blogging on this book, let me know and I will link to your blog.

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