Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gentle Woman

To honor this beautiful day and the gift that Mary, the mother of Jesus,
was and is to our world, a scripture passage from Luke 1:39-55...

Mary Visits Elizabeth

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.   In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord  
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. 
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation. 
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble. 
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful 
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

How in the world did a woman so young -
just a girl - accept and shoulder the responsibility of raising our Lord? 
How did she keep it together? 
How was she able to always act with grace and patience?

Simple...
She followed.
She listened.
She trusted.
She loved.

Lord, help me to be more like the mother of God.
Lord, help me to always follow You.

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