God calls Mary to bear Living Hope
Our focus this Advent has been “Hope”. We heard the stories of Hagar and Sarah and their struggles to hold onto the hope of God’s promises to them. We heard the stories of Moses and Miriam and the defiant hope which sustained them in their efforts to lead their people to freedom. We heard Isaiah’s call to the people of Judah to be patient in hope even during a time of exile. And, finally, this week, we heard the story of Mary who accepted God’s invitation to bring Jesus to birth – a result of her living hope in the ongoing faithfulness of God.
We told Mary’s story along with the whole nativity story in our Christmas pageant, ending with Mary’s great and glorious song of hope fulfilled.