'"Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,' says the Lord of hosts." Malachi 3:1
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.'" Matthew 1:18-21
This candle reminds us of the great joy we have because God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to be our Savior. Mary was alone one day, or at least she thought she was alone, when suddenly she heard a voice. "Greetings, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
Startled, Mary turned to see who had spoken. Standing before her was no ordinary person, but an angel, a messenger from God Himself! Mary was afraid. But the angel said, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God."
The Lord was going to send His Son into the world, and Mary was chosen to be His mother! What great news! What joy! Mary believed that what was happening to her was God's way of remembering the promise He had made to the people of Israel, to Abraham and all the rest. God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus. Knowing about God's love and forgiveness in our lives fills us with joy!
Something for kiddos to think about:
Imagine how Mary must have thought when she received the angel's message. Talk about it together. Share with members of your family how you came to know the Lord as your personal Savior. Share how your life is different today because of that decision.