Luke 1:45 (CEB)
Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her."
Advent has us moving from images of darkness to light and refining to joy. Every day, as we get closer to Christmas, we transition as well. To symbolize this, we light the Advent Wreath and this Sunday we light the 3rd Candle, the pink one. Physically, we are adding more light; spiritually moving from soul-searching to gladness.
Why? Because soon the life changing, world rattling birth of Jesus is getting really close. Jesus was to be born in flesh and bone, blood and sweat and would bring radical change to the world. Jesus in words and actions would tip the world on its ear offering hope, equality, dignity, and honor to all people. And with all of these comes our joy.
Like Mary, as she carried the yet to be born Jesus, LPCC is faithfully waiting for the incarnation of God into the world. Also like Mary (and all those that have gone before us), we are to bear witness to God’s continued in-breaking into the world. Thirdly, like Mary, we carry this same joy with us today as we await Jesus Christ’s appearance into our own world again. And we, finally like Mary, can’t wait to tell the world!!
Grace and peace,
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