We live with so many expectations of life … expectations of ourselves, expectations of the people we love, expectations of our jobs and expectations of how our lives should be. Sometimes when those expectations are not fulfilled in the way that we want them to be, we become disappointed or bitter.

Based on the Jewish culture of the time, it’s likely that Mary had expectations of what her life would be like.  Then an angel showed up with big news and all her expectations went out the window! But instead of being bitter, she welcomed God’s activity. She let go of her expectations in favor of living expectantly in joyful anticipation of what God would do!

Today, we have that same choice; situations arise in our lives that don’t fit with our expectations of life. Will we hold onto those expectations or will we start living expectantly? Let’s live our lives in such a way that we can say along with Mary, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said!” (Luke 1:38)

Note: This topic includes a strong Christian message and ends with an (optional) invitation to receive Christ.