The Announcement and the Wait – December 4, 2023

Monday, December 4th

Devotional written by Pastor Shawn Thornton, Senior Pastor





To read today:  Luke 1:30-33




When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he gave her the astonishing news that she would give birth to the Savior of the world. The announcement was grand, but what followed was a period of waiting.

Each time Lesli and I learned she was expecting one of our three children, we couldn’t keep the knowledge of the expected child to ourselves. We had to tell our families and closest friends. Announcing to our parents that they were about to be grandparents blessed them and us.

Can you imagine the awkwardness Mary felt as she shared with her parents that the angel Gabriel had told her she would give birth to the Son of God, who had been conceived in her of the Holy Spirit, not by a man? Even the most understanding parent with the most honest daughter would struggle.

Expectant parents know that the nine months of waiting, on one hand, races by while, on the other hand, it seems to last years as you excitedly expect the baby’s arrival. Mary, Joseph, and their parents would wait the typical nine months. The thoughts, ideas, and perhaps fears of the Messiah being born to their family could easily prompt anxiety in the waiting.

While Gabriel’s announcement to Mary and Joseph in a dream brought them to the center of God’s amazing redemptive plan, the waiting must have been grueling. Eventually, Mary saw the promise from God delivered in Bethlehem. But, before the promise to her was fulfilled, she had to wait and trust God.

Are you in a season of waiting? Look to Mary. Learn that waiting prepares us to receive what God has promised joyfully!

Reflection: Sometimes, God gives us a vision or promise, but we must go through a season of waiting before it comes to fruition. Mary had to trust God’s word during her pregnancy, and so do we as we await God’s promises in our lives.



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