Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail. ”
Luke 1:34-37 (NLT)
When God gets involved in our world new life happens. God speaks into the dark void, and the land begins to form, the heavens and the waters separate, plants and animals come into being.
When the power of the Most High overshadows Mary, Jesus is conceived. Her cousin Elizabeth grows pregnant with a son.
New life happens.
The same thing takes place inside of us when we draw near to God – hopes and dreams are conceived. Courage to try what we never thought we couldn’t handle grows within. Generosity blooms and spills out to bless others. Relationships long abandoned are healed and reconciled.
For our God is always doing a new thing. Always bringing new life into existence.
This Advent, may you draw close to God. May new things happen in you and spill out to bless others. May you experience the joy of all this.