Reading: Luke 1: 26-38
Verse 33: “He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end”.
God intercedes in Mary’s life in a powerful way. Around the same time He is interceding in Elizabeth’s and Joseph’s life as well. Soon enough God will intercede in some shepherds’ lives as well. In all of these intercessions we see that “nothing is impossible with God”. While many Christians will acknowledge that this remains true today, I think many of us acknowledge it in our minds but do not truly believe this in our hearts. I suppose if an angel or host of angels personally visited us, it would help with our belief. In a similar manner, if a “miraculous” event happened to us, our faith would increase.
The reality, though, is that for most of us, faith is a one-on-one personal connection with God. Just like all of our relationships, our relationship with God requires investment, commitment, and dedication. All of these are generally spelled T-I-M-E. For most of us, we like to say that time is in short supply. Yet each day we all spend at least an hour on our phones or computer or tablets and we all can invest at least a couple of hours into the television. So, in reality, when we are honest, it is not time that is in short supply.
The Christmas season is no doubt busier than most times of the year. There will also be other non-religious holiday times of the year when we will be busier than normal. It is part of life. Yet even in the busiest of times, God wants to remain a focus of our daily lives. One could even argue that we need God more when life is busiest. For almost all people, we meet our need for God by carving out time each day to be with God. It is in this half hour or hour that we deeply and meaningfully develop our relationship with God and therefore our faith in God. What the angel said to Mary remains true today: “He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end”. Our question is this: will we daily give time to God or will we get to that tomorrow or sometime next week? Is that my cell phone buzzing? 🙂