Ever wondered what the angel Gabriel was thinking when he passed on one of the most bizarre messages of all time to Mary? (Luke 1v26-38)
How about this?:
‘She struck the angel Gabriel as hardly old enough to have a child at all, let alone this child, but he’d been entrusted with a message to give her, and he gave it.
He told her what the child was to be named, and who he was to be, and something about the mystery that was to come upon her. ‘You mustn’t be afraid, Mary,’ he said.
As he said it, he only hoped she wouldn’t notice that beneath the great, golden wings he himself was trembling with fear to think that the whole future of creation hung now on the answer of a girl.’ (Frederick Buechner)