The focus passage brings the story of the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary, and her response to God’s call. As well as an opportunity to ponder the awesome mystery of the angel’s visit, there is an opportunity for leaders to affirm God’s love and presence in our lives – “God with us.”
Some may find it reassuring to hear that Mary was “perplexed” and to learn that uncertainty is a valid part of the process of discerning God’s unfolding purpose in our lives. However, like Mary, we can trust God and participate in God’s liberating and saving actions.
I am your story, Storytelling God. I bring the stories of this year to you for blessing, the times I have been brave, and times I ran away.
You are the journey, God of wanderers. I bring the journeys of this year for blessing, the times I have been sad, and the times I have been wrapped in joyous wonder.
I am a shepherd, God of many flocks. To you I bring the ones I love for blessing, in the times when I am anxious, and the times when I have delight.
~ from The Long View: An Elderwoman’s Book of Wisdom, by Donna Sinclair