Mary’s Hope

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-47

What is the longest you’ve ever waited on a promise to be kept?  Consider this, Mary didn’t know what was going to happen to her, really.  She knew that the child was to be the Messiah and would deeply impact the future of the people of Israel but beyond that, we should expect that she was living the life of an expectant mother.  Which part of this promise do you think became the biggest part of her world after 9 months?  2 years?  12 years?  Was she thinking about the Messiah promise when she was changing diapers?

There is a theme in the bible where promises are made that take a lifetime, or even generations to fulfill.  It makes us wonder if this isn’t actually part of the plan.  Waiting.  There must be something important about waiting.

In today’s world what benefit could possibly come from having to wait a very long time for a promise to be fulfilled?  What part of the plodding along, day to day life is enhanced by the wonder of a promise fulfilled? 

Human life … our lives address these hopes with wonderful virtues.  Some of the most wonderful forms of humanity come into play when we wait.  Things like honesty, trust, encouragement, compassion, patience, confidence, and especially some of our favorites: fidelity, faithfulness, and hope.  There is a whole laundry list of characteristics that we assign to those people we admire the most who live their lives anticipating the fruition of the true meaning of Christmas.  

We should probably begin to realize that the journey has always been a very large part of the blessing.  The promise is the direction in which we position ourselves toward the future.

… Let’s walk in a way that will get us closer to the promise.  “Run in a way so as to get the prize.”  Is the idea of the prize more important than how we run toward it?  Run like you want it!

The template for this is in every relationship that we have .. run like you want it.

Merry Christmas Season, what a great promise of hope we have in seeing every day like Advent!  And, what a great journey of life this is … because of it!

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