Fourth Monday of Advent

Luke 1: 26-38

Reflection—v. 28, ‘…he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” She was confused by these words…’

Confusion might be a rather polite description of my reaction if a stranger came up to me and called out, ‘Favored one!’ Nor can I claim it would be the first phrase I would use to describe my defining characteristics when talking to others—not even in an ice-breaker game. To be honest, I have not put much stock in such designations as ‘favored one’ in the past. It is not a form of address which had much meaning for my life, even in church. As I have sought to find significance in words like these, however, it has allowed me to stop seeking meaning and approval outside of myself. The emotions and whims of others are exhausting! I wonder how our world might look different if we saw ourselves and others as ‘favored.’


Lord, you favor us as dear children; help me to rejoice in your favor and to honor my sisters and brothers as those upon whom your favor rests, too.

-Maggie Leonard

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