Have you ever been chosen to do something really special, something that not everyone gets to do?
How did it make you feel?Nervous?...Excited?...Joyful?...Overwhelmed?...Happy?...Scared?...
Mary was chosen by God to do a very special thing. She was chosen to be Jesus' mum! Mary was no ordinary mum... she was an extraordinary mum! She was a virgin and a very devoted follower of God, as well as giving birth to Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, Emmanuel, God with us!
Mary found out that she was going to have a baby when the angel Gabriel visited her. How do you think she felt after she heard what God's special plan for her was?
The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus."
Luke 1: 30 - 31
Did you know that God has got a special plan for your life too? It won't be the same as his plan for Mary's life, but it will be exciting, just like God's plan for Mary's life was. What sort of things do you think God might want you to do? Ask God to show you what he would like you to do for him this advent and Christmas time.
Dear God, please show me what you would like me to do for you. Help me to be brave like Mary was and to have the courage to take on the challenges you put before me. Help me to get excited about the plans you have for me. Amen