"The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be."
One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Breath of Heaven" sung by Amy Grant. This song illustrates that, while things might look dark, trust in God will see you through. The song focuses on Mary and her journey throughout her pregnancy. I have always been captivated by Mary's story. Mary must have had her doubts through those months. Scripture says that even when the angel greeted her with "You, who are highly favored (by God)", Mary was frightened. However, she put her faith in the Lord and followed His plan.
God had set a momentous task set before Mary. In biblical times, it was dangerous to be unwed and pregnant. God had to send an angel to Joseph to ensure that Mary was not set aside, so that she would still be provided for throughout her life. But Mary didn't know that; she didn't know that God sent another angelic message. She had to have faith in God's plan. She had to have faith that God would provide for her. In my opinion, this young woman is one of the most courageous people in the Bible. Without Mary and the difficult choice she made in saying "yes" to God, there wouldn't be a story to tell at Christmas.
Prayer: Lord, Even if things may seem dark at times, I will place my faith in you. Breath of Heaven, hold me together though all times. Amen.