Prayer: Thank you, God, for the signs you give that show your love and faithfulness. Help me to see them and share your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Annunciation of Our Lord
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
At the supposed spot where Mary was greeted by the angel and told of the son she would bear, there is today a church, and an altar. People come to this spot from all over the world to take pictures and preserve the vision to share and to remember. Our DW tells us that one time a woman was sweeping in front of the altar and the tourists were complaining.
We should remember that Mary was an ordinary woman and could very well have been in that place sweeping or some mundane task. Imagine her surprise when she is told of this mission for God she was about to step into.
Our DW reminds us; “Jesus arrived in the ordinary way, through the womb of a woman, as all babies do. But Mary’s life—and the lives of God’s people—would never be the same again. God gives signs of extraordinary love in ordinary ways: in Isaiah’s time, in Mary’s, and in ours; in the waters of baptism, in bread and wine, in you and me.”
Prayer: “God, help me to be surprised by you as you reveal your extraordinary nature in often ordinary ways. Amen.”
Isaiah Gives Ahaz the Sign of Immanuel
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13 Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.