“The Wednesday Word” Podcast & Devotional
We thought it would be a great idea to have a mid-week recap & refresh of Pastor David’s Sunday sermon. Let’s make sure that we are learning all we can from them!
Pastor David’s Wednesday devotional will be related to the Sunday sermon in some way. It could be an expansion on a theme, a different twist, or some kind of content related to Sunday’s sermon. Various staff members and parishioners will gather to discuss the devotional and how it relates to our lives and maybe give some practical application of the word.
You can listen to the audio version in your car, while doing housework, during your workout, or whenever is most convenient for you. We want you to be able to access it at any time that is the right time for you to have a few minutes to read and reflect on it.
Pastor David’s devotional for November 30, 2022
“For nothing will be impossible with God”
Today’s scripture are words spoken by the angel Gabriel when speaking with Mary. The angel informed Mary that she was favored by God and would give birth to a son. Mary asked how this could be possible and the angel told her it would be a miracle—that God would make it happen. The angel went on to say that Mary’s cousin, who was barren, was now pregnant. That is when the angel said, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Mary’s story is a powerful story! Though just a young girl, she was known by God to be of such purity of heart that she could be the mother of Jesus. The experience must have been overwhelming seeing an angel, hearing she would miraculously become pregnant, and that the child would be the “Son of the Most High.” Overwhelming! Yet, Mary’s response was simple and faithful: “Let it be as you have said.” It is not hard to see what God saw in Mary! She was willing to participate in a miracle. She seemed to understand that what was impossible for human beings was not impossible for God. “Nothing will be impossible for God!”
There is more to Mary’s story. After hearing from the angel, she traveled to see her cousin Elizabeth. She prayed the beautiful prayer we now call the “Magnificat.” Later, as the due date drew near, she traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where she gave birth outside among barnyard animals. As you think about her story, what impresses you most about her? Is there a part of her story that is a favorite of yours? What is it about her story that speaks to you?
Of course, part of her story is the proclamation “Nothing is impossible for God.” This proclamation is central to the Christmas story, as well as to our faith. Spend a few minutes reflecting upon the words. What does it mean to you that nothing is impossible for God? Has there been a time in your life when you experienced this truth—nothing is impossible for God! What do the words mean to you as you look forward to Christmas this year?
It is important to remember that the angel said “nothing is impossible for God” at a time when Mary was being asked to do something seemingly impossible. I am reminded of Paul’s words: We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” What do these words mean to you? Think about it. Has there been a time in your life when you lived these words?
One last thought: Mary responded to the angel Gabriel by saying “Let it be as you have said.” These are words each of us could say to God. Has there been such a time for you? What happened?
God bless you!