A reflection on Luke 1.26-38:
As this is one of the standard carol service readings, I have heard it read by a lot of different voices in the last few weeks. Each voice adds a new layer of meaning. This evening it was read by a girl in Year 10: 14 or 15 years old, a bit awkward, a bit shy, hiding behind her hair and teenage bravado, diffidently admitting to being embarrassed about saying the word ‘virgin’ in front of her friends and teachers. A very long way from a painted Madonna or stained-glass Queen of Heaven. But who God chooses and how God works is often a long way from the picture we might want to paint.