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Unspeakable Joy: The Fulfillment of a Promise

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” Luke 1:47

Since my last blog, I have learned some things about Mary that have enhanced the way I understand her. She was an illiterate teenage girl when she encountered the angel Gabriel. She did not grasp the prophecies about the Messiah, as I once thought.  She was like any ordinary girl of her day, except she was divinely chosen to bring the promises of God to fruition.  After listening to the words of Gabriel, Mary makes a statement that sums up her place before God.  She says: “I am the Lord’s servant, may Your word to me be fulfilled.”  In other translations, the word servant is really “slave”.  Slave denotes being chosen for a task, not choosing the task. Mary yielded to what God put before her without fully understanding what it meant.  She trusted that God would bring it to pass and she was the vessel through which it would happen. She believed Him.  God chose her purpose, not the other way around. The promise of the Messiah was as good as done and in that she rejoiced. 

I am God’s slave and the slave of no other.  I believe that God is the only one who can fulfill the plans He has for me.  I trust the Word He’s spoken to me. I don’ t know how He will bring everything to pass, but I believe He will. I can say with Mary, “I am the Lord’s slave, may Your word to me be fulfilled.”  This is my unspeakable joy.

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