Mary listened to Gabrielle and believed him. Mary responded to the invitation to visit her cousin Elizabeth and received confirmation of God's promise. Then Mary Praised the Lord. Even though there were still important things that needed to be worked out, Mary rejoiced in the Good News that God is her Savior. Christians have called Mary "Blessed" for thousands of years. We are all blessed by Mary's Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior.
Mary gives us an example to follow. When God speaks to us, we need to listen and believe Him. We can praise God every day for the gift of salvation, for forgiveness and new life in Christ. We can praise and trust God when the details in our lives still need to be worked out, too. God has blessed us to be a blessing to others, to help them when we can and to tell them the Good News that Jesus is their Lord and Savior.