And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
This sunset at the Snake River Overlook in the Grand Tetons was especially glorious and thrilling. With the sun rays radiating from behind the cloud it reminded me of a crown being placed on the head of a king. I thought of the majesty of God, creator of these mountains, that outshines any earthly king. In our world today we don’t have a lot of experience in relating to a king. The scriptures that we read during Advent teach us how to relate to the King of Kings in the story of Mary.
Mary was visited by the angel, Gabriel - the messenger of our God, the King of Kings. After the angel appeared to Mary, the scripture says she was "greatly troubled." She had been told an amazing story. She asked questions - "How can this be?" And after listening to all the angel told her, she submitted to the will of God. She understood and accepted the authority of God. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is only when we do submit to God, the great King, that we find true peace. May this image of the crown cloud remind us of the only way to peace - to bow before the King of Kings.
Great King of Kings
We find it difficult sometimes to submit to your will. Humble us and show us the way to peace. We bow before you now.
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