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Faith's Risk – Luke 1:26-38 Read the account of Gabriel’s message to Mary about her role in giving birth to the long-awaited Messiah in Luke 1:26-38. Following the practice of that time, Mary was most likely around 13 years old. In our time, that’s about the age of a middle-schooler. As a betrothed woman, she was about to embark on the life she’d spent the previous few years preparing for. Then Gabriel shows up and announces she’s the object of a specific part of God’s plan that will dramatically pre-empt her plans. What will happen to her has the potential of blowing up her impending marriage and forever ruining her reputation, to the degree that she may lose all her friends and be forever alienated from her family. So take careful note of the amazing response Mary gives to Gabriel’s announcement – “Let it be to me according to your word.” Consider what...