03 Dec Sermon Snap Shot December 2, 2018
So what does Mary’s annunciation story teach us about hope?
First, we embody Mary’s hope when we too believe that with God all things are possible. As Mary shows us, it’s perfectly normal to be confused, afraid or doubtful when we are faced with a situation that seems too complex or too daunting…even for God. And yet, as people of faith we hope, just like Mary did, believing that nothing is impossible with God.
Second, we embody Mary’s hope when we believe that we are worthy, that we can be useful to God. I have to believe that Mary was thinking, “Surely God there must be more mature, more righteous women than me to do this job!” I’ve felt that way many times in my life, and I know that many of you have too. And yet, we mirror Mary’s hope when we believe that yes, even through us – as broken and sin-filled as we are – God can accomplish amazing things.
Last, we embody Mary’s hope when we are bold enough to say…for the first time or for the 1,000th time: “God…I love you. I trust you. May your Holy Spirit come into my heart…for I am prepared to be your servant.”
From Sunday, December 2 message, “The Hope of Mary,” the first of seven messages in the series, “Advent to Epiphany: The Season of Enduring Hope.”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC