So far we have been looking at what Christmas means. It means God taking on a human nature; it means reconciliation and peace with God by grace. In short, we have been discussing the great things God gives us in Christmas.

Now we need to take time to consider how to respond to what He gives, and how we can receive it. It is also time to turn from the Matthew passages that tell us about Joseph's role and to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus. Why does Luke tell us so much about how Mary responded to the incarnation? It is largely to hold her up as a model of what responsive Christian faith looks like.

Mary did not question the angel's announcement to her but accepted it without question. Are we as willing as Mary was, to accept God's Word to us?

In His Service,
David Dean
Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator
"This is the day the Lord has made."