"Were you alone or by yourself?"
"How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"
"So you were gone until you returned?"
"Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he just passes away quietly and doesn't know anything about it until the next morning?"
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was no silly fool. When the angel Gabriel spoke of her pending pregnancy she asked, "How can this be since I am a virgin?"
Now that was a GREAT question! Her mind must have been racing and her heart beating wildly. As far as she knew there was only one way to get pregnant and she didn't qualify! What would Joseph think? What would her family and friends think? Would anyone believe her unlikely story?
Yes! For centuries God's people have believed her story. We understand that nothing is too hard for the Lord who does all things well. Like Mary we hear Gabriel answer her question, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." And like Mary we are satisfied, "...let it be to me according to Your word."
So often we rather glibly repeat the words of the Apostles' Creed: "...conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary..." But there was nothing glib about it. It was a dramatic miracle and a necessary one in that the Savior of the world had to be conceived without a sinful nature. Let us resolve to give it more serious thought during this Advent season that we might join Mary in praising God and saying, "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!"