It’s Christmas time! Or Advent as my more refined brothers and sisters would say…. Definitely one of my most favorite times of the year. I love seeing family members I haven’t connected with in some time. I love the surprise of gifts that are given. I love the music and food and traditions. I also love to contemplate new ways to look at the Christmas story that is so familiar to all of us.
I saw a post a few days ago that was urging Christians to say “yes” to God like Mary said “yes”. This got me thinking about different parallels between those that confess Jesus and the Virgin Mary. This morning I woke to a wonderful thought: we ARE Mary. Her story is our story in almost every way and I’d like to share some of those thoughts….
Mary was chosen by God and told that she would bear a son. She was told that this child would bring light into the world. He would be a blessing to all people. Mary responded with “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” We can assume that Mary cared for her unborn child, eating the right foods, drinking plenty of fluids, doing all she could to ensure that he would grow healthy and strong until it was time for him to come. And indeed he was born healthy and brought incalculable blessing into the world.
We like Mary are chosen for a great work. We are given the gift of faith and the Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell in us. If we nurture that faith, if the Spirit is fully formed in us, we will bring light into this world. What God will do through us will be incalculable if we continue in the faith. If we will in essence say “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” then the gift we have been given (that we have been ENTRUSTED with) will bless many people. God is using us to deliver his light into the world and gives us everything we need to accomplish that task!
Advent is a time when we think about those days when people of faith were waiting for the Messiah and how we too are waiting for His return when the children of God will be revealed and all things will be put to rights under the leadership of Jesus. Jesus the Anointed – who dwells in man today because he dwelt in a young girl so long ago. May we consider that our task is of similar importance to that of Mary as we enjoy this Christmas. We have been entrusted with so much, because God is insistent that His light comes forth in an otherwise dark world. Lord may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, beginning in me! Amen
Colossians 2:6,7 Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. 7Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.