When the angel Gabriel visited Mary, he told her that she would give birth to a son, Jesus, and that He would be called “the Son of the Most High.” Unable to comprehend Gabriel’s words, with simple acceptance she told him, “May your word to me be fulfilled.” For the nonbeliever, the most difficult aspect of faith is accepting. As you pray, give thanks that through Christ, God accepts us.

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.