Candles, Characters, & Carols III- Peace

Change is inevitable. The New Year is upon us & change will come, whether large or small, whether we kick & scream or not. The New Year will come. Change will come. How did Mary respond to change? The angel came to her [Luke 1:28-37] & told her that she was going to miraculously conceive a baby. She was unmarried & lowly. A baby is a lot of change when you are stable and married. On top of the regular baby changes & stress, Mary faced Joseph divorcing her & significant social shame. How did Mary respond to change? With acceptance & peace. May you & I do the same, with trust that God is present, Emmanuel. 

 

“Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her… Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.” [Luke 1:38, 46-50]

 

Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

 

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

 

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM.

 

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