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“May your word to me be fulfilled”

My granddaughter Summer, aged six, has just started at a new school. We were looking after her and her sister Olivia in Eastbourne last week while parents were away hosting a conference in Peterborough. Picking her up on the first day back after half term she announced that she was to play Angel Gabriel in her nativity play.  Most of us may have been a humble shepherd or more likely a sheep BUT to get the main speaking part in the Christmas story? She could be off to the West End next with this as her big break. So to get her ready for this important role I read the account in Luke chapter 1 of what happened when Gabriel visited Mary.

“God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  For no word from God will ever fail.”

 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Not a bad prayer for the young teenager Mary with all the consequences, for six-year-old Summer or for all of us as we enter into Christmas and a New Year.

“May your word to me be fulfilled.”

John Bishop