“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.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.” (Luke 1:26-31)
This is a story we’ll ponder frequently this month as we celebrate the birth of our King. It’s also a story that occurs every day in our centers. A teenage girl. An unplanned pregnancy. Fear. Pressures. Uncertainty. And while the women we see are not carrying the Savior of the world, they are carrying little boys and girls that He has created. And created in His image! The fact that thousands of babies will celebrate their first Christmas next week is amazing. Thank you for making it possible! Merry Christmas.