The opening chapters of the Gospel of Luke hold the divinely inspired record of words and songs that preceded and greeted the glorious birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Today these words and songs still lift our hearts, as we celebrate Christmas again. It is a time for speaking the good news of Jesus, and a time for singing in praise of his birth. Let Salvationists declare that the Savior is born! Let the Army rejoice with songs of praise and gladness!
The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary with a message from God: "You ... are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Then words of reassurance: "Do not be afraid." Still God speaks today to affirm and encourage us. Mary was called to a sacred task, a highly privileged task, as the mother of the Savior. Although questioning, she gave her assent: "May it be to me as you have said." Her words of obedient surrender are an example to us all.