And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. ~ Luke 1.26-38 KJV
This is one of the final Advent posts that Kelly and Winn and I will be sharing. Don’t forget to read their thoughts about this passage. I’ve been honored to post alongside these good writers. I do hope you’ve been stirred in some way by our words. One note – we’re all posting today at different times as our schedules today are, well, different. Such is life.
*heaven and nature sing – Sometimes I’m afraid we sing that line and think, if we think at all, of some vague, amorphous nature. But if the incarnation is about anything, its about specificity – people and places, like a girl named Mary, and a place named Nazareth. As I read Luke’s verses my mind got stuck in the Nazareth, and in the words that are clear and the words that are shy.
and the trees stood taller and joined the chorus. The text doesn’t come right out and say that either but the song is there if you have ears to hear.