READ: Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-7
Biblical scholars disagree over the age of Mary when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her to tell her that God had chosen her to bear His son. But the consensus is that she was a young maiden of about sixteen or seventeen—a virgin. Mary’s encounter with the angel is more than my mind can comprehend. How terrified she must have been! But Gabriel told her not to be afraid. She was highly favored by the Lord, and He was with her. My heart thumps and my pulse races when I think about how I might have reacted. I’m not sure I would have been that brave….
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