Everyday Christian Spirituality

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“May it take place for me.”

Advent through Epiphany, 2018

And continuing, the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and power from the Most High will cover you; for this reason the thing begotten is holy and shall be named Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative – she herself also has conceived a son, in her advanced years! And this is the sixth month with her who is named ‘infertile,’ since every event will not be impossible from God.”

And Mary said, “Behold, the Lord’s slave; may it take place for me according to your prediction.”

And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:35-38 AT

Mary is our example. The verb translated may it take place expresses a strong wish, Mary’s desire to do her part. (The same Greek verbal mood is found in Acts 17:27 –  the verbs translated in NRSV grope for, and find.)

Our Advent through Epiphany (December 3 – January 7),  theme is “Yes! Let it be!” Our Leader resource lifts up Mary’s “active engagement with God’s plan.” She wishes and acts. As if she says, “I can do this!” After receiving the angel’s message, Mary got ready and traveled with haste to Elizabeth’s house.

This Christmas season we are invited, along with Mary, to make “Let it be for me according to your word,” our response to God. “The theme statement each Sunday will express a variant of this sense of prayerful  desire to participate in God’s activity.”

These weeks, by the Holy Spirit, will be a rich time. “Every event is not impossible in God’s presence.”

Peace and All Good!

Pastor Jon