And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will
conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son
of the Most High…” - Luke 1:31-32
Children are a gift from God. A completely mysterious gift, but a gift nonetheless. The mystery of
the Annunciation shows me how much God loves human life. My salvation did not begin with a
celestial light show or trumpeted announcement throughout the heavens. It began with a
pregnancy. The Word truly became flesh and entered the world the way I did. My God chose to
become a helpless child in the arms of His Mother. For awhile the Creator was nurtured at the
breast of one of His creatures.
Unless I become like a little child I cannot enter the kingdom. To be child-like is to be full of awe
and wonder at everything God does. Small children are amazed at simple things like music,
balloons, and bugs. I too need to look at life with that kind of awe. Children are a gift from God
because they can teach me how God wants me to live, depending solely on Him and looking with
wonder at all He does for me. Like the angel Gabriel children can be messengers from God.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Etc.
Additional clause: …of thy womb, Jesus, conceived in you
by the Holy Spirit.