For today's devotional I asked two of our high school girls to read the story of Mary as though it was their story. Mary would have been a young girl, a teenager, when she was told by an angel that she would give birth to the Messiah. My prayer is that you can peer through the eyes of two of our teenage girls today and read this scripture in a new way.
-Rebecca Hyde, Youth Director
As we read this scripture we try to imagine ourselves in the story of Mary, an unmarried teenage girl in a small town. All the pressure and uncomfortable stares from the people she has known all her life, make us think of walking down the halls of Katy High School as a pregnant 15 year old girl. Even though we have never been in that situation we know what it is like to walk those halls, have people stare at you, and worry if you have something on your shirt, if people are talking about you, or something. It would be very difficult to rejoice the way that Mary does in these verses. Honestly, if the same thing happened to us now, we would want to say yes to God but we would have a hard time being able to do that. It’s hard to know exactly what we would do. There are so many things going on with school, family, friends, and extracurricular stuff. Mary cannot escape her situation and in fact, she embraces it because she knows that this will change the world. Mary patiently waits on God and trusts that He is good.
The high school students and young adults in our community need our encouragement to serve as reminders that God is at work in their lives and they should not fear. They need support and the patience of people to love and help them. As they encounter all of the things that life brings them it is our responsibility to patiently be God-bearers to them and share Jesus with them.
-Written by two sophomore students
*This devotional was inspired by and written using Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. The Clarity Youth Ministry is grateful to have this incredible resource and encourage you to buy your own copy of the book to further your Advent study, which you can do by clicking this link.