During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional.  Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old.  We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.

Matthew 1:18-25                                               

Whenever I read the story of Jesus’ birth, I’m always struck and amazed by the obedience of Mary and Joseph.  It’s easy to skip past their roles and get right to the sweet baby lying in a manger but just think about the cost of obedience for them:  a young girl, pregnant before marriage; Joseph, told to marry her when the child was not his!  What would people think?  What would people say?  As I reflect on their obedience, I think they must have lived a life of obedience long before the angel Gabriel appeared.  Maybe that’s why God chose them to raise his “one and only Son.”  You don’t just go from living a self-centered, sinful life one day to waking up the next saying “sure God, I’ll do this crazy thing for you!”  They must have been walking closely with God before this amazing event and I’m sure they continued to walk closely as they were raising this special boy.

Am I living in such a way that God would choose me for an important task?  Are you?  How will we respond when God asks us to do something that may seem ridiculous to those around us?   The angel told both Mary (Luke 1:30) and Joseph, “Do not be afraid.”  I pray that we would have the courage to do what God asks of us, trusting that he will be who he says he is…”Immanuel – God with us.”

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