BY STEVE DUNN
Reading: Luke 1.46-51
“As followers of Jesus Christ we are invited into a life where our story merges with the story of God, an intersection if you will, where His dreams become our dreams and we begin a journey of faith to increasingly love him and increasingly love people.” – Nick Francis Stephens
And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
Imagine being a young woman dreaming of her wedding day. Her betrothed is a handsome young craftsman, a carpenter named Joseph. He is older than she, but he has treated with respect and knows just the right gift to make her feel special. He’s handsome and communicates easily with the elders of the village—and with her father. The other girls are envious of her good fortune.
Then she gets a visit from an angel who tells her that she is going to be impregnated by God through the Holy Spirit. She will become the mother of the long-awaited Messiah, the Liberating King for her people.
Joseph is thinking about stepping away from the marriage to spare her embarassment, but now says God has let him on the secret. To keep the secret a little longer, her family has sent her to live with her cousin Elizabeth. And Elizabeth is in on the secret as well.
Her life is about to begin a totally new adventure–not only for Mary, but for anyone. A new adventure for the world itself.
But Mary sees it and proclaims as invitation to be blessed and to be a blessing. For she is united with the Lord.
There will never be a need for another virgin named Mary, but know that God has dreams for you as well. Are you ready to embrace and celebrate and live by those dreams?
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