God's story is woven through time, spanning generations and generations, culminating in the birth of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit and a human mother - Mary. Mary and her cousin Elizabeth were entrusted with key parts of God's plan of redemption, and they fell to their knees in worship of God, trusting him because of the way he had worked in the lives of their people for so long. We as followers of Jesus are part of God's story too - will you trust him in the same way Mary did?
With nearly two years of cancelled plans under our belts, you'd be forgiven for suffering from 'hope fatigue'. Why bother getting excited about plans to come, when they'll probably get cancelled anyway?
The angel speaking to Mary offers her something exciting and thrilling; a miracle baby who will grow up to be the saviour of the world. This message sparks a thrill of hope for Mary, and for us all.
When you're tired, you're not at your best. You might be more irritable, or forgetful, or just plain cranky. The pandemic has left us all feeling weary, but there's still hope in the grace of Jesus.