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There is a scripture in the Bible: Luke 1: 30-31. It’s the story where God sends an angel to Mary to tell her that she will conceive Jesus.

Here is the exact scripture:

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.” Read it again.

I figured you’d rebel lol so I wrote it again. “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”

This is the oddest statement that I have read in the bible in a long time. I haven’t always read it like I did today, but when you go through things you begin to read the bible a little different. The angel said: 1. Do Not be afraid (Great) 2. You have found favor with God (even better) 3. You will conceive and give birth to a son…

Wait… what he said.

Here is my internal Mary dialogue: “How can you tell me not to be afraid, that I have found favor with God and then say I will conceive a child? Do you know that I am engaged? Do you know that I have never had sex? It’s been hard to stay abstinent Lord and I’ve been doing this for you. I know that children are a blessing but I had a plan… Is this what the favor of God looks like interrupting my plan? Making me depend on you to validate me? Because people are going to talk about me. Giving me a heavenly blessing but an earthly burden because although this child will be your son, I am going to watch him be tortured and killed. And I can’t even name him?”

To all of that I will say yes. That is what the favor of God looks like. It’s not the pretty picture everyone would paint. It is pain and blessing all encapsulated in one. Making for an amazing story alongside and amazing burden. It is assurance in the face of uncertainty. It’s labor even though you may have done everything you could to avoid that pain. It’s submission to a will greater than your own.

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