December 19, 2023

Rhonda Patterson
“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” Then the angel left her."
Luke 1:35-38
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

Soft, colored Christmas lights glowing through my sheer, white-curtained bedroom window on Christmas eve – the only night of the season that mom and dad left them on all night. These faithfully marked the coming of my favorite day of the year as a child.

When I think about young Mary in the scripture above, I’m so struck by her great faith in the promise the angel of God spoke to her. She hadn’t yet married or born a child, yet she received this promise and she believed it. Sometimes our hope in a promise of God comes from His past faithfulness in that particular area of our life, just as my past Christmas experiences with the twinkling lights pointed me with certainty to the coming day of joy. But sometimes, holding onto hope can be difficult when facing a trial or season that we’ve not walked through before, or while waiting for the fulfillment of a promise that seems to tarry forever…these require more faith muscle. That’s when knowing God’s scriptural promises are so beneficial. As we read them, write them out, memorize them and continually claim them, our faith and hope are boosted, and we are again encouraged as we wait.