Mary: A Song of Trust
Moving from anxiety to adoration
A lot of people travel at Christmas. During this time of the year, many of us would like to be with family to celebrate, so we load up the car with kids, dogs, and presents, and make the journey to wherever it is we call home.
Part of the Christmas story we love so well is about a journey. Joseph and Mary had to travel from their home in Nazareth to their ancestral home in Bethlehem to register for a Roman census. That's what brought them to the little town where the Scriptures had prophesied the Messiah would be born.
You know that story—how young, teenage Mary was "great with child," and Joseph and Mary got to Bethlehem where there was no room at the inn, so they slept in a stable, and it was there that the baby was born.
You may not know that the mother of Jesus made other journeys before that first Christmas. After creating a scandal in her hometown for becoming pregnant outside of her marriage to Joseph, Mary went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who lived in a village in the hill country outside Jerusalem. There she found out that Elizabeth, who had lived her entire life without being able to have a baby, was also pregnant.
But today I want to focus on another journey that Mary made, an internal journey that involved significant change of heart for this teenage girl who was about to give birth to the Chosen One. It's a journey of trust. It's about the emotional distance she traveled after finding out that her life's plan was about to be forever changed.
Her journey is also our journey, because many of us have found out that the life we had planned to live is not the life we are living.
There are three phrases I want to focus on this morning before we look at Mary's song, also referred to as The Magnificat. ...
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Ed Rowell is pastor of Tri-Lakes Chapel in Monument, Colorado, and author of Preaching with Spiritual Passion (Baker).