From the Well - 12/14/2016

Writer and Presbyterian minister, Frederick Buechner, tried to imagine what it was like when the angel Gabriel came to Nazareth and shared God's message with a young, bewildered girl named Mary:

She seemed to the angel Gabriel hardly old enough to have a child at all, let alone this child, but he had been entrusted with a message to give her, and he gave it.

He told her what the child was to be named, and who he was to be, and something about the mystery that was to come upon her.  Then he added (because she seemed so vulnerable and innocent), "You mustn't be afraid, Mary."

Even as Gabriel said it, he only hoped she would not notice that beneath his great golden wings he himself was trembling with fear to think that the whole future of God's salvation hung on the answer of this girl.

Mary was one of God's simple servants who suddenly found herself cast in the most important role of her life.  Being mother of the savior of the world was not on her agenda.  As the prophets of the Old Testament quickly discovered, God doesn't follow human agendas. As someone once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." I suspect God finds our well-laid human plans rather humorous.

Since the day when Mary said "YES"to God, Mary took on an almost heavenly quality.  Like many of you, my images of Mary come from the Renaissance or Medieval times which tend to make the mother of Jesus into royalty.  She was painted with a halo around her head.  With these images in mind we tend to forget that Mary was an ordinary peasant girl who was suddenly confronted with the greatest revelation in the history of the world.

Mary was a person just like you and me.  She was a person who said "YES" to God and because of that yes changed the world. Think about it.

Pastor Matthew