Read Luke 1: 30-35
When she responded to the angel’s words with fear and doubt, asking, “How can this be?,” the angel replied: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God... The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
Fear and anxiety are givens in this life. No one escapes from that. But amid the stresses and pressures we face day-by-day, the same assurance Mary received from the angel is also our own. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” That passage assures us that peace and power are the products of Divine Presence. Because God’s Spirit is with us, we can navigate life’s deep waters. How do we sense God’s Presence? How can we access it when we don’t always feel it? And what power do we feel when we simply say, “I am not alone”? Those are Advent questions worth pondering prayerfully.