Thursday, December 20 – Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 1:26-38 Clayton Hillson, ‘19 Its nearly Christmas now, and people everywhere are envisioning gifts, cookies, and warm fires. Hopefully we will never forget the immense significance of the main event on one starry evening long ago. That is how Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the King, the “Key of David,” the one to fulfill the prophecy of ages, was born to a virgin named Mary. Mary began our salvation story in these passages when she willfully accepted God’s plan for her as the Mother of the Emmanuel. Without Mary’s fiat, meaning “let it be done”, we may not experience the joy of Christmas we know today. So, be thankful this year and many years to come for Jesus Christ, our key to salvation, and his mother, who “let it be done.”