Luke 1:26-38Today’s symbol is a heart. Mary opened her heart and her life to God’s words, and she became Jesus’ loving mother. Because of Mary’s brave heart, God’s love came into the world as her son. I wonder what Mary felt like in her stomach, in her hands, in her body, when the angel appeared and began speaking to her? I wonder if his words, “Don’t be afraid!” brought her peace?I wonder what Mary felt when she heard her son’s name? Hopeful? Excited? Amazed? I wonder how I feel, knowing that God chose to come and live with us with the name, “God Saves”?Mary knew that God would come to save everyone who was small, unimportant, poor, and who needed him. I wonder how I need God to save me today? What do I want to ask God for, as we wait together for Jesus?I wonder how Mary got ready for the birth of this special baby? I wonder if there is anything I can do to get ready to welcome Jesus into my life?I wonder if I can hear God saying “do not be afraid” to me right now? What do I want to say to God?God of love and grace, thank you for Mary’s brave heart. Thank you for choosing to come to your people as her small son. Help us open our hearts to you, too. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.