26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[b] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[c] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[d]
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[e] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[f] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
I love Christmas time! I love the lights and the colors, the friendliness of everyone and I love the holiday music the most, all of it. However, there is a newer song that has been added to many people’s playlists called Christmas in Heaven. It’s not a favorite of mine, too emotionally charged, I don’t love songs that guarantee a cry. But I accidentally listened to it Saturday and found my self honestly crying as I realized that my kids and I could have easily been singing that song this year as we grieved the loss of my husband.
A couple of months ago he had a water accident that left him face down and paralyzed in the lake. Only by the grace of God was he rescued in time and delivered to the hospital for surgery and healing. So with that fresh in my mind, I am hyper aware of the angel’s promise here in verse 37 and proclaim to you that it is indeed truth. Nothing will be impossible with God. He is the God of second chances, the God of love and peace, the God of miracles and the God of impossible. This is one story I have of his impossible grace, but I have so many from my life I could write an entire book and probably still miss some of his blessings to me and my family. God is the God of impossible. He can and will do all things to bring you to himself and he will bless you in impossible ways so you can bless others out of that very blessing. Are you counting your blessings this Christmas, however small or big, and then sharing them with a world who no longer believes in the God of impossible?
Oh Father, thank you for who you are! Thank you for being the God of impossible and miracles and love. Thank you for the impossible birth. Thank you for the miracle of Christ and his resurrection. Thank you for the love that brought him here to fulfill his impossible mission of grace to us all! May we all count our many blessings and share them with everyone who’ll listen. Open our mouths and then their hearts to receive all you have for them.