December 15, 2014
by: Pam Cochrane

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Welcome, Mary!

I have been thinking a lot about Mary this week and I wonder just how she managed to keep her faith and hope during her journey to Bethlehem with Joseph. Pregnant, and fearful of what the days ahead would bring, how did she find the strength and courage to believe in the angel Gabriel’s promise. I imagine each step was a challenge laced with fear and doubt and yet she forged ahead with a song in her heart. When she and Joseph reached the town they longed for shelter and rest. They bravely knocked on the doors of many, only to be refused, turned away, doors slammed in their faces. Yet, they kept knocking. For many it must have been easy to turn the couple away either through fear or selfishness. So, oh, what joy must they have felt when finally one door stayed a jar, and one said, “there is room for you here.”  In what must have been a small crude space for the birth of a child, Mary was held in God’s loving arms, and upon the arrival of her beloved son, she sang again of the joy in her heart

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant. Surely, from now

on all generations will call me blessed; for the mighty One has done great things for me, and Holy is his name.”   (Luke 46-49)

Loving God, who brings new life to the world, help us open our doors, our hearts, and our homes to Mary who sings of a new day for all God’s children and for all those who journey home seeking shelter, rest and your extravagant love and grace. Amen