"For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NRSV
It seems strange, perhaps, that we read a verse from the foretelling of Jesus' birth in July. But regardless of the month or season, this miracle is the most extraordinary story ever told. Yes, Mary's conception, while yet a virgin, seems impossible, but even more astounding is the reason behind the conception, God's sending of his Son. His one and only, who would suffer on a cross, die, descend into hell, conquer death, and return to the Father, all for our benefit. The extent of his love seems truly impossible: that he could love us so much.
We know this is true, yet, we sometimes doubt God's love and draw lines around what we perceive as acceptable limits. We sometimes think, "God cannot possibly love me because…" or perhaps, "God cannot possibly love that person because…." In sending Jesus, God removed all boundaries of the impossible, making all things possible.
Father, thank you for sending your Son for our salvation. In this mighty act, you did what seemed impossible; you freed us from sin. We confess, at times, that we have doubted your love and have failed to acknowledge your greatness. Forgive us, we pray. Help us remember that your love is limitless and that all things are possible through you. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.