Pastor’s Word

Messengers of Hope
 
This Advent Season, as we await the coming of Christ, we will reflect on the voices of those who waited, 2,000 years ago, for Jesus to come. Each of them longed for the mysterious Spirit of God that would reveal itself to the world in a whole new way in Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. Mary, Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Simeon and Anna prophetically proclaimed the coming of the creator of the universe in the tiny, vulnerable little baby. They knew, and sang for all of creation, the promise that Christ’s presence on earth would transform this world. Join us as we take time this Advent season to let these voices resound in our hearts and spirits. For their time, for all time, for us in our time, as they proclaim the truth of God incarnate, they are Messengers of Hope.
 
This week, we reflect on Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the words she spoke as she greeted her cousin Elizabeth. Read this passage several times, out loud if you can, and then reflect on the questions below.
 
Luke 1:46-55
 
46 And Mary[a] said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
 
Questions for reflection . . . .
Where do you hear hope in the words of this messenger?
 
Where do you feel challenged by these words?

How do you feel invited to carry this message of hope to others?