Episode #2: Mary
It was the end of the day when the angel came.
I flung myself onto the bed and felt the hours of weaving drain from my muscles. Moonlight spilt through the window and onto my aching fingers.
Then I heard the voice.
‘Greetings, favoured woman.’
I sat up.
Through the window, there was the shape of a man. Brilliant light coursed from his body into the room and fell over me.
‘The Lord is with you.’
The Lord? My throat dried up. Was this an angel? I staggered from the bed, unsure if I should run or fall to my knees.
‘Don’t be afraid, Mary; you’ve found favour with God.’ His voice was deep. ‘You’ll conceive and give birth to a son, and you’ll name him Jesus. He’ll be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.’
What was he saying? That I was going to give birth? To the son of the Most High? I wanted to laugh. And then my knees buckled.
I thought of Joseph. We weren’t married yet. ‘But I’m a virgin?’
‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby will be called the Son of God.’
He’ll be called the Son of God. I was stunned to silence. I was just a girl from Nazareth. How could I be the mother of the expected King?
‘Your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age,’ he continued. ‘People said she was barren, but the word of God will never fail.’
The questions raged, but I couldn’t deny it. There was a warmth that surged within me every time the angel spoke. I believed him.
The word of God will never fail. My trembling hands found each other.
I swallowed. ‘I’m the Lord’s servant,’ I bowed my head. ‘May all that you’ve said come true.’
What are you hoping for this Christmas?
Even at Christmas time, it can seem like the world is so full of darkness. Wars are raging, people are homeless and there is still so much poverty in this world. Heirs contributor, Ben Moon, wants to share some good news with you for this festive season.
Music by Lights & Motion – Lucid Dreaming