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.

Luke 1:26-38                                                           

It’s only one week until Christmas; do you have your shopping done?  What about the cookies and the candy?  Don’t forget the cards and make sure you have written down on your calendar all the different places you are going to visit.  Most importantly, don’t lose the master list!  Can you imagine the yule tide tragedy if the list was accidentally thrown away?

It’s wonderful to be organized and I wish I was better at it.  Organization and a well thought out plan can really reduce the amount of stress in one’s life.  This is true for Christmas planning as well as for a long term view and plan for all of life.  We plan when we go to the dentist, when to go on vacation, when to retire and maybe, for those who are younger, what college we will attend and what career we will choose.  Sometimes, though, there are things that come along and blow those best laid plans to millions of pieces, those things called “interruptions.”  The frustration of someone or something coming along and interrupting my plans is sometimes unbearable.  How dare they change my plans!  How dare the LORD ask me to change my plans?  Doesn’t he know what I want to do?

I’m sure Mary felt the same way.  She was probably looking forward to her wedding day with Joseph, living in a small home, and then someday in the future she would have a family.  But the LORD had other plans for her.  A young, teenage girl can teach all of us how to deal with the stress of when God comes and asks you to change your plans, of when he interrupts our far too important lives.  May we echo Mary’s words, “I am the servant of the LORD; let it be to me according to your word.”

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