Mary changed the course of this entire earth,
By accepting God’s plan for the virgin birth.
Her agreement with the angel’s words affirmed God’s will,
And the words that she spoke are often quoted still.
She declared herself to be God’s handmaid or servant;
In her, the Lord had found a heart that was fervent.
She had faith the Lord loved her and all of mankind;
She trusted in God’s heart and not her own mind.
She was just a young woman of a tender age,
But she stepped out in faith onto the world’s center stage.
Though startled at first by the angelic visitation,
Her faith in God was strong enough to take up her station.
Likewise, it’s wise today to ask the Lord to help us find
The plans and purposes for our lives that He has in mind.
By doing so, we ensure that we’re on His sure quest,
For our loving Designer knows which plans are the best.
Jesus called His disciples to leave earthly pursuits
To follow Him and put down strong spiritual roots.
What He has for our lives can be discerned by His Word;
And through the power of the Holy Spirit, He also can be heard.
The more that we listen to Him, the more we obey,
The brighter the dawn grows to the full day.
P. A. Oltrogge
“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” Proverbs 4:18 (New American Standard)
“And in the sixth month, the angel, Gabriel, was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, ‘Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.’ And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’ Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’ And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.’ And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ And the angel departed from her.”
Luke 1:26-38 KJV
Reprinted for Christmas, 2015