Words from the Heart for Sunday December 10th, 2017
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Luke 1:28 (NIV)
The angel begins his message to Mary by saying that the Lord was with her. Did Mary even realize that the Lord was with her? Today let us ask the Lord to make us more aware of His Presence in our lives. We are also part of His plans! He wants to use us to bring the good news to our world.
Canada is highly favoured by those from other countries who are looking to emigrate in order to improve their lives. This is particularly so for those with higher levels of education. More than 50 per cent of Canadian immigrants are highly educated, putting Canada at the top among member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. As well, a significant number of the almost 100,000 foreign students visiting Canada each year decide to stay after getting a degree from one of Canada’s universities.
We all enjoy being told that we are appreciated. Whether we are told that by a friend, family member, co-worker or boss, our day is always brighter when someone gives us an atta-boy or lets us know what we mean to them. That gives us a bit of an idea of how Mary must have felt when the angel appeared to announce that she would bear the Messiah. Luke 1:28 says “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary loved God. Her response to this news, which we called the Magnificat, expressed her faith and love. If appreciation from other people can make our day, imagine what words like this from the Lord can do. Now, Mary was chosen for a unique role. But everyone who loves the Lord Jesus can count on this: as a son or daughter of the living God you are highly favoured. And by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, He is with you. He has a plan for your life too and He will fulfill that plan as surely as He did His plan for Mary.
These have been words from the heart.