Mary played along.
She didn’t complain.
Mary sang a song.
What a role model!
Today’s sermon was titled,
“Responding to God’s Call.”
Luke 1:26-38 was the scripture passage.
Mary responded with such grace and faith.
Listen to Rev. Steve Hundley’s message
at today’s Madison Valley Presbyterian Church
-recorded through Jan’s poetic filters.
Responding to God’s Call
Luke described the coming
Of the Angel Gabriel to Mary.
Many artists have been inspired
To depict the scene; they’re varied.
Some created majestic scenes
With mountains and waterfalls,
But that wasn’t the vision recorded.
It’s a simple scene when God calls.
Gabriel doesn’t ask permission.
He simply tells her what will be,
The Bible says she was perplexed.
More in shock, it seems to me.
Whatever plans Mary may have had,
God comes and intervenes.
Like Mary, God has plans for us.
Listen to this story; hear what it means.
We can plan our lives carefully,
But often we’re face with interruptions.
Unexpected events order our future;
Often they keep us from corruption.
God’s plans always exceed ours.
But still, we have questions galore.
Unlike Mary, we ask for clarification.
We want to understand more.
It’s not every day an angel appears
And announces what’ll come next.
But often life chooses us
And leaves us totally perplexed.
In real life, we have choices.
We can say yes or shout NO!
We can become stoic and look away;
We can be stubborn and refuse to go.
When God throws us curve balls,
We might become angry and defensive.
We might throw our hands up
And become bitter; but that’s expensive.
It costs us our peace of mind.
It takes away unexpected joy.
If Mary had been so inclined,
It might have cost her that Baby Boy!
Let it be to me according
To your Word, O Lord, my Christ.
When You send Your instructions,
May I say “Yes!” without thinking twice.
Nothing is impossible with God.
And play along!!
There may be an angel standing by your fire, sending out signals and you’re unaware.
There may be a message blowing in the wind, and you can’t hear it.
There may be an assignment God is giving you, and you don’t know it.
Tune in! Listen up! Play along!!
Notes during the Pastoral Prayer today:
“God came into a troubled world.
Come again, Lord Jesus,
For we, too, are troubled.
We need You.
We are suffering.
Pain is taking its toll.
Come and bring power and healing
To those who are hurting.
Bring comfort to those
Who have lost loved ones.
Come again, Lord Jesus.
We wait for You.”
Every heart is longing for our King
Whether they know it or not.
Let your light shine.
Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.
Have a blessed Sunday.
See you tomorrow.