Thursday, December 20, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 20

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:26-35).

Today’s Morsel:  For many years, people brought magazines subscriptions hoping that Ed McMahon would someday show up at their door to tell them they had won 25 million dollars in the Publishing House Clearance Sweepstakes.  But sad to say he’s never shown up nor will he.  But Mary did receive a visitor to tell her that she had been chosen to bear the Savior of the world.  She won more than sweepstakes.  She won the title to be called blessed and highly favored of the Lord.  The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:1-2).  Be careful who you turn away when they knock or ring your doorbell.  It just might be an angel with a task for you from God.

Sing:  Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?  Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?  Did you know that your baby boy had come to make you new?
This child that you'd delivered, would soon deliver you. Mary, did you know?

Thought For Today:  God loves surprises.

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