In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Nazareth is about 80 miles north of Jerusalem. Galilee, like Judea, was under the rule of Herod the Great. Only two angels are identified by name in Scripture – Gabriel and Michael. In Latin Vulgate, “greetings” is translated “Ave.”
Why do you think God wanted Mary to know she was highly favored and that he was with her?
What do you think Gabriel meant when he said, “The Lord is with you”?
What do you imagine Gabriel would say to you if he appeared at God’s instruction?
Is there any situation you are facing, or face regularly, that would be eased if you simply reminded yourself, “The Lord is with me”?
Father in heaven, what a thing it must be to be highly favored by you and to be told by an angel that you personally sent from heaven, “the Lord is with you”! Lord, would you speak words of love to me? Would you share with me again and again how you made me on purpose, a masterpiece of your hands, and that you are with me right now. Let these words penetrate my guarded heart and preoccupied mind. Help me to know, to really know, you love me.