And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38(KJV) I am the Lord's maid, ready to serve. Luke 1:38(The Message)  
2016 will soon be one for the history books. And what a year it was for the Gates clan. One daughter happily married, and my son and daughter-in-law made me a grandma for the first time. I wrote in this post  about my word for 2016 that I will carry into 2017 along with my new word Humble or humility As I've listened to and read the Christmas story in Luke 1 I am profoundly impressed by Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was a teenager, a virgin, about to be married when an angel comes on the scene telling her she will be the mother of the Son of God. She didn't check her calendar to see if a birth would go along with her upcoming plans, she didn't cry or run off to her friends or family asking them what she should do. She simply said
I am the Lord's maid ready to serve.
Or the King James Version renders it handmaid which is defined as a female slave a bond maid, a person in the service of another. Celebrating Christmas this year while marching into 2017 means I continue to be charitable with humility. I wonder if writing about humility and saying how humble I want to be negates me being humble? Haha How often have I said I am the Lord's servant then went ahead and did things my way? Or complained about how life is playing out? Mary did none of these and scripture is silent on why she was chosen, except to say she God found favor with her.  Did her young life exude humility? Was she already displaying qualities of motherhood? Did she stand out from the crowd of women because of her love for God? We don't know. This Advent season I want to remember Mary, following her lead I want to lean into the future, without fear, believing in the goodness of God no matter the circumstances, Mary did that, I say
I am your servant Lord, let it be according to your word. Luke 1:38
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