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Heavenly Father,

I am often struck with amazement as I wonder how You could love me! I understand Mary’s shock and bewilderment when the angel Gabriel appeared in her simple ordinary life and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” What an astounding mystery that You would love me: for I am far more simple and messed up than the mother of my Lord! Why in the world would the Author, Creator and God of not only this universe but all that is care enough for me to send Jesus?

My unworthiness is always before me yet Your profound love for me swallows up my shame when I realize You love me far more than I can comprehend. Your plan to save me has been in motion since the beginning of sin. Through all the centuries of history, You waited for the perfect time to send Jesus to be born through Mary…so He could save each of us from our unworthiness. You not only sent Jesus to save the world- but to live in me… so I could have eternal life! How incredible is that!!

Though my unworthiness is great, You let me know how precious and valued I am to You. You sent Your holy and most precious Son from the safety and pureness of Heaven to be born as a humble and vulnerable tiny baby; to grow up in our dark and dirty world; to be tempted as one of us and yet remain pure without sin; to willingly be misunderstood, beaten, cursed and die a shameful death meant for the vilest criminal, carrying our sin (my sin) so I could realize just how much You love and value me. Who am I that You would love me so much?! I am Yours and You are mine. How I pray for others to realize their great unworthiness…and yet incomprehensible worth.

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“Mary was greatly troubled at his words(the angel Gabriel’s) and wondered what kind of a greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.’ ‘How can this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant, ‘ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:29-38

“For God so loved the world (and me) that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, help me realize my unworthiness before You…and yet my precious value to You…

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