Station 2–The Announcement
 
The next stop in our journey takes us to Nazareth in Israel at about 3 BC where we find a young teenager named Mary. We can imagine that she is busy in her kitchen, preparing the challah bread for the Sabbath meal. She is making sure everything is just right, as her fiancée, Joseph, plans to attend the meal with Mary and her family. Suddenly, the angel Gabriel appears to her. After assuring her there is nothing to fear, Gabriel shares the most wonderful, miraculous and unexpected news: God has chosen Mary to carry and give birth to the Son of God. She must name him Jesus. He will be great, he will sit on David’s throne, and his kingdom will be everlasting.
 

Of all the thoughts running through Mary’s mind, she needs to know how this is even possible.  “How can this be as I am not yet married?” asks Mary. The angel replies, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Mary is still amazed, but she believes God and trusts God. So, she answered the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:35-38).

 

Take a moment to put yourself in Mary’s shoes.

Guiding Questions:

1. What range of feelings do you think Mary experienced after receiving this most improbable news?

2. How would you react if you were Mary?

 

Before moving to the next station, please spend a moment in prayer. Thank God for the incredible miracle of Jesus’ birth. Ask Him to help you be more like Mary–faithful and willing to serve God in all circumstances.
 
 
The first song below is “My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord” and is performed by the Women’s Ensemble with accompanist Harold Bailey. 
 
“My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord” Wexford Carol arr. Martin
 
The second song is the classic, “Mary, Did You Know?” sung by Erin Waddell with guitar accompanist, Craig Waddell.