This month I am reading through the book of Luke in anticipation of celebrating the arrival of my Savior. Reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible I wasn’t very far into my reading when I came across Mary, who would soon become the mother of Jesus. She ran the gamut of emotions as the angel spoke to her. She was

  • a favored woman
  • deeply troubled by what she was hearing
  • was not to be afraid
  • was stunned by the fact she would soon be carrying a child knowing she had never been with a man

What I am most struck by is she did not waste anytime in responding to the angel. In the midst of raging emotions she simply said

I am the Lord’s slave. May it be done to me according to your word. (Luke 1:26-38)

Most other versions use the word bond-servant or servant of the Lord. 

Every time I read this passage I wonder what God saw in this very young woman to call her favored. And even when she was greatly troubled she didn’t take much time in responding to the angel. She wanted to serve the Lord.

Today and the rest of December I am praying

Oh Lord,

I give up all

my own plans and purposes,

all my own desires and hopes,


accept Thy will for my life.

I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.

Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.

Use me as Thou wilt,

send me where Thou wilt,

work out Thy whole will in my life

at any cost, now and forever.

–Prayer of Betty Scott Stam copied into my Bible