Going Deeper 12.21.2020
An excerpt from yesterday's message...

The truth is, God is calling us to accept the same honor as Mary. God is calling out to you and to me this morning to carry on the mission began by Mary-- the wonderful honor of bringing Jesus into the world. Hear Gabriel’s words spoken to you: “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” And contemplate whether you might make the same reply, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. Such a response will change our lives.

Like Mary, you might wonder how you could possibly be called “favored one. You might be burdened with guilt or shame, or might see yourself as nothing special, with no great talents or abilities to offer. Some might think themselves to be too young, or others too old. But make no mistake about ityou are a favored one, a beloved child of God by grace. You are gifted… each and every one of us is uniquely gifted by God and called to serve as vessels through whom Jesus comes into this world as the darkness-piercing, sin-erasing, life-giving, gift of God’s presence.

Again, we must remember that the gift of faith and the gift of the transforming presence of Jesus in our hearts and lives takes place through the coming upon us of the Holy Spirit. In this way faith and the presence of Jesus are conceived within us, empowering us to bear the light of Jesus Christ into this dark world. We do not trust in our own strengths or worthiness, but only in the infinite power of our God, remembering the words of Gabriel: For nothing will be impossible with God.”

This deeply broken and wounded world, where darkness seems to be increasingly pervasive, is not beyond God’s salvation. As beloved children of God, we have a calling of the highest honor—the calling to be bearers of the Light. May the Lord work through us to bring the gift of His presence to others during these strange and difficult times.

With You in His Presence,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington
"Gratefully Growing Servants"