Devotional: Luke 1:26-28

Guest Blogger: Kristen Jones


In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’”– Luke 1:26-28 (NRSV)

Do you know the favor of God? How many times, in your daily life, have you been visited by an angel?

I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a white-winged seraph standing at my front door. But, in the hustle and bustle of life, perhaps we often come upon “angel moments,” but we’re too busy to slow down and savor the experience.

I think that must be one of the reasons why Lakeside resonates in our hearts. In those precious moments – whether it’s walking along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, listening to a singular oboe rising above the symphony on a warm summer’s night, or enjoying a frosty ice cream cone with your children… perhaps these are those times on earth when God is truly speaking to us – when we certainly must be most favored and most fortunate.

In this season of schedules, demands and commitments, God still looks through the hectic chaos of our lives and sees the “favored one,” even when we can’t see ourselves that way.

This season, take time to listen closely for the voices of angels – they might just be talking to you.

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