‘Tis still Advent

I was struggling with thoughts of Mary’s obedience and with the world being turned on its ear as I stood in my backyard last night. The moon had only been up a little while. Shining there in the unusually clear, night sky, I thought about how the moon was created to reflect the brightness of the sun, and what Christmas might mean if we were as obedient as the moon, if we fulfilled in each of our lives the work, the mission of what we were created to be as well as the moon does what it was created to be. The moon is the light in the dark; according to the Bible, its only purpose is to reflect the light of the sun.

When this Christmas season finally does come upon us tomorrow night, perhaps we can remember in Whose image we were created and how we’re to reflect the light of His Son in our lives, how to be His light in the darkness of the world. That’s what the obedience of Mary accomplished. And in our obedience to the Lord, we, too, will see the world undergo an unexpected upheaval; because then the light of the Lord will shine in the darkness, and the meek will inherit the earth. Just as Mary knows that God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. We can expect unusual things when God is borne in our lives and when we answer, “be it unto me according to Thy word.”

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