Last week, one day's reading was Luke 2: 1-7. Many of us can probably recite it by heart. And that's a good thing. But this time was different.
But the angel said to him, “Zechariah, don’t be afraid. Your prayer has been heard by God. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to a baby boy, and you will name him John."
Luke 1:13 ERV
The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High God will cover you. The baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God."
Luke 1:35 ERV
But after Joseph thought about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit."
Matthew 1: 20 ERV
And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
Luke 2:6 RSV
I had a momentary flashback remembering when mine and Tom's first child was born. Great doctor, kind nursing staff, state of the art facility ... and we were still scared.
But, the challenges of parenthood were just beginning for Mary and Joseph. How do you parent the Son of God?
I don't believe coincidence is part of God's vocabulary. Maybe, just maybe, our Heavenly Father set the stage for a crash course on trust for Mary and Joseph, trusting each other, trusting Him.
Dear, Dear Reader, have you ever wondered where the angels were for you? I have. Fear, confusion, isolation. Unsure of what to do. So afraid of failure, that any effort seems too great.
Maybe, just maybe, Mary and Joseph already knew that their Heavenly Father is always as close as a heartbeat, as near as a breath.
Dear Reader, my prayer is that you will always know the Presence of God, with and without evidence of His angels.