"Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28
That is the angel Gabriel talking to the virgin Mary. Why those words now? This Friday is the 25th of March, or the Annunciation of Our Lord, or exactly nine months before Christmas. (There was a time, from the 6th to the 8th centuries, that this date was observed as New Year's Day in much of Christian Europe.)
One more reminder that the words "the Lord be with you" or "Emmanuel, God with us", are not just for Christmas time. It is a grand reminder that God's presence in our lives is not relegated to one time of the year more than any other.
No matter the challenges, trials, disappointments, or joys and celebrations, the words to Mary might speak to us as well, "Greetings .... the Lord is with you".
May we take this to heart, look around, and see the truth of it.
"Merciful Savior, we say that you love us, but we act as if your will for our lives cannot be trusted. We profess that you are a faithful God, yet we are riddled with anxiety, fear and impatience. Give us the courage to look honestly at the disparity between what we say we believe and the truth that our actions and attitudes tell. We pray for the grace to close the gap between the two. Amen."
Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
5:30 p Lenten Soup/Bread Supper
6:30 p Lenten Vespers Service
Friday Red Cross Blood Drive Cancelled
Reminder CPR/AED Training April 2nd and April 30th
Please let Tammy know if you are interested in taking the class, or sign up on the clipboard in narthex.