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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 13 Dec

There is much that captivates people at Christmas. The lights put up around houses. The parties and good will wishes. The giving of gifts. We could stand back and ponder what does captivate us at Christmas? Yet there is a searching question we should ask ourselves as we journey through the Christmas period - “What does captivate us at Christmas?” “Are we captivated by Christmas or Christ?” Many are captivated Christmas and not Christ. Mary spent time pondering the news given to her by an angel and confirmed by Elizabeth. Mary would give birth to the boy who would be the Christ. Both women are captivated by the news they have received. Mary humbles herself to the Lord’s will. “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”  Elizabeth wonders why she is so special as to witness the coming of the Christ. “Why am I so highly favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me.” Both women are captivated by the news they have received. Having received the exciting news from the angel, Mary responds with pondering the God who is making all this possible. For Mary, God is her Saviour. God is mindful of her situation. God is the Mighty One. God is holy. God is merciful. As we journey through the Christmas period, what captivates you concerning Christ? Is it God’s mercy? Is it the comforting thought that He knows your present situation even better than you do? Spend time glorifying and rejoicing in God your Saviour.