Vengeance . . . what an ugly word. Look it up. It is so much worse than you may think. We sin. We come from a long line of sinners. We have no valid excuse and surely God has reached out in amazing ways in the thousands of years since the Garden of Eden yet here we are rushing about preparing for the great announcement of Mary giving birth to her firstborn Son. When you look into the eyes of a newborn babe, you surely do not think of God’s vengeance, yet whether she knew or not, that is what Mary saw. God’s ultimate vengeance and His ultimate love for us was wrapped in swaddling clothes and born in a dirty barn/cave . . . did the animals instinctively sense He came to die a violent death for us? The humans didn’t know. Mary did not understand any of this but her faith brought her to say “yes.” Would I have done the same?